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.
Guadalupe Rodriguez has used her five loans – each one for only $27 – to slowly improve her chicken business and small farm where she grows corn. She used her first loan to build a fence to keep her chickens from getting lost or stolen. She used subsequent loans to buy fertilizer for her corn fields and feed for the chickens.
These small loans from Adelante Foundation – WE’s partner bank for the poor in Honduras – have allowed Guadalupe to buy food for her six children and keep them in school.Read more ...