"Our focus is poverty reduction and giving women hope, self-esteem and the ability to control their lives and destinies."
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.
Antolina Anaya Alvarez has efficiently used her talents and energy to start a small grocery business and take a leadership role as president of her loan group in Las Santa Cruz. When an aunt relocated, Antolina took over her loan from Grameen de la Frontera, WE’s partner bank for the poor in Sonora, Mexico. With the loan, she opened her store. The results of her small loan helped her both financially and personally. Her husband who had been supporting the family by working in Tijuana, Mexico, was able to return home to help in the grocery store.Read more ...