Economic Empowerment
August 29, 2018

When a woman joins the program, she comes together with 24 other women, forming a tight support group that helps break the isolation caused by war, poverty, and insecurity.

She learns a marketable job skill – such as tailoring, brick-making or poultry farming, as well as business training to turn her chosen skill into a stable income so she can support herself and her family. She also receives guidance in establishing cooperatives, associations, or village savings and loan associations (VSLAs) so that she and other women in her community can make the most of their earnings and save and grow together.

Empowering women to earn an income is the right thing to do. If we have any chance at eradicating poverty, it’s by making sure that women are full participants in their country’s economy. This is why Women for Women International works to economically and socially empower women.

Our results speak for themselves: not only does the daily income of our graduates increase from $1.01 at enrollment to $1.88 after graduation (an 86% jump) but by saving their earnings and investing in their businesses, they begin to draw their families and communities out of poverty.  

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The average women…

Is 25-30 years of age

Is married

Has no formal education

Countries Implemented

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Our year-long program enables women to earn and save money and actively participate in their community’s economy.

Where We Work

Since 1993, Women for Women International has helped more than 478,000 marginalized women affected by war and conflict. We invest in women in 10 conflict affected countries around the world to help rebuild their lives from the ground up.

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Your monthly gift of $35 provides a woman with skills to support her family and creates sustainable change.

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