Women’s Empowerment International (WE) works in partnership with like-minded nonprofits, and funds small, repayable business loans and other poverty-reduction services for impoverished women. A small, strong 501(c)(3) with a dedicated Board and active volunteers, WE is committed to substantially increasing the impact and range of its poverty-alleviation efforts. As an all-volunteer organization, WE has raised over $1.3 million, funded 20,300 microloans for impoverished women in 6 countries, and supports a San Diego business incubator that launched 256 businesses. As part of a global effort to eliminate extreme poverty, WE intends to double its impact, reach and support base in the next 5 years, and continue that trajectory into the future.
WE seeks an Executive Director with the knowledge and passion to help WE raise funds and grow the organization in a way that will increase the impact of our efforts to help women escape extreme poverty.
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.
Women's Empowerent welcomes your interest in volunteering. As an all-volunteer organization, we rely on individuals to help with the tasks that keep Women's Empowerment running smoothly and our programs growing. Please join our fabulous team! Read more about our current volunteer opportunities.
Women's Empowerment (WE) is proud to announce a new partnership providing business loans to vulnerable women in Tijuana to help them start new businesses, through Via International, a service organization based in San Diego and dedicated to building "paths to self-reliance for an interdependent world." Via has successfully helped address community needs since 1975.
Before she received loans from Grameen de la Frontera, Carmen Baldenegro’s store was a simple window into her house. Now it is a well-stocked, separate store with two refrigerators and metal shelves in her small village in Sonora, Mexico.
“If you buy things for yourself, your business won’t thrive,” she says. “It’s important to use part of your profits to keep buying for your business.”
In addition to building her business, Carmen has been able to use her proceeds to take care of her two daughters and supplement her husband’s income from working in the fields and the shrimp hatchery.