When we think of a poor woman starting her own business, the tangible benefits are easy to imagine. Income to meet basic needs like clean water, food and shelter. Better health and even access to education for her family.
These benefits are important, leading to better conditions for whole communities.
And yet there’s more that happens when a woman begins a journey toward economic freedom. And the impact is profound.
She gains a belief that her life can be more than struggle and hardship. With opportunity comes the possibility to hope – for herself, her family, her future.
Women's Empowerment: First Bold Step
Eleven years ago, Women’s Empowerment International (WE) joined forces with a successful worldwide movement to lift people out of poverty. Through a variety of approaches, this global effort halved world poverty in just 20 years.
Enjoy this article from the San Diego Union-Tribune about WE’s support of the Granny Project in Uganda.
WE is proud to announce our newest project partner, the Boutik Sante Program of Fonkoze in Haiti. Our members may be familiar with Fonkoze’s outstanding microloan program, one of the oldest and most well respected in Haiti.
At 52, Yolanda Hernandez Vasquez is considered an important asset in her village. She lives in San Jose de Tutulé, a small village in Intibucá, Honduras, and operates a pharmacy in her house where she sells natural medicines. There are no pharmacies or clinics in her area, so people come from surrounding villages to buy her roots, herbs, spices and seeds.
Yolanda has received four loans from Adelante, WE’s partner bank for the poor in Honduras. She has used these to restock and expand her pharmacy.Read more ...