Charitable Ventures and Empowering Women

Where it all began...

In 2003, M founder, Michelle Garnaut, joined forces with Josephine Price, a private equity banker, and Paula Delisle, a management consultant, to see what they could contribute to the growing world of grassroots NGOs in China. They soon focused on the arid, remote villages of Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces, where business opportunities are few and modern amenities scarce, and founded the Village People Project, dedicated to building solar-powered bathhouses that are then run as businesses by local families. Since then, four bathhouses have opened, and in 2015 alone, more than 7,000 showers were taken. Now, VPP is working in concert with Lotus Charity Association to install bathrooms with solar-powered water heaters in the homes of more than 2,000 families in Qinghai Province. As of May 2016, the project has finished installations in its third village.

Two more villages are still waiting for funding for their bathrooms—and you can help. Click here to learn more.

The Village People Project Today: Qinghai Province

Now, VPP is working in concert with Lotus Charity Association to install bathrooms with solar-powered water heaters in the homes of more than 2,000 families in Qinghai Province. As of May 2016, the project has finished installations in its third village.

Two more villages are still waiting for funding for their bathrooms—and you can help. Click HERE to learn more.