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.
Angela Gonzalez lives in the mountain village of Ologosim, which means “Land of Water and Wet Earth” in the native Lenca language. For more than two years, she has received loans from Adelante Foundation, WE’s partner in Honduras, and recently took out her fifth loan.
She enjoys talking about the successful tortilla business she created with her loans. Four times each week she travels one hour by bus to the market in La Esperanza to sell her tortillas. Demand is high and she has no problem selling her product and making a profit. Her loans allow her to buy 10 sacks of corn and enough wood to fuel her stove.Read more ...