Who We Are
EnterpriseWorks/VITA (EWV) a division of Relief International (RI) is an international not-for-profit organization working to combat poverty through economic development programs based on sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions.
EnterpriseWorks promotes sustainable, enterprise-oriented solutions to economic challenges in the developing world. For over 30 years EnterpriseWorks has assisted small-scale producers in more than 60 countries, enabling farmers and other entrepreneurs to boost their productivity, tap broader markets, capture higher value of finished products, and better manage natural resources.
Volunteers in Technical Assistance (VITA) brings a 50-year history of empowering the poor in developing countries through access to information, financial services and improved technologies. VITA's particular focus is on support to entrepreneurs in the private, public and community sectors and on facilitating connectivity and technical information exchange.
The merger between EnterpriseWorks and VITA (EWV) in 2005 brought together organizational expertise that has worked with local businesses and organizations in 100 countries to reduce poverty and build sustainable economies. By supporting profit-making enterprises to create employment and to increase productivity and profits, EWV addresses the challenges of rural, peri-urban, and urban development.
In 2009 EWV merged with Relief International. EnterpriseWorks, Volunteers in Technical Assistance, Relief International and its worldwide affiliates merged to provide emergency relief, rehabilitation, development assistance, and program services to vulnerable communities worldwide. Relief International headquarters are located in Los Angeles, California, with the EWV division offices located in Washington, DC.