Our mission is to empower women with tools to work their way out of poverty, care for their families, and strengthen their communities.

We envision a world without poverty in which women are empowered, uplifted and equal partners in society. Women live in safe, sustainable environments that include adequate food, water, housing, education and health care. They possess the tools to provide a better life for themselves and their families and they have the hope, opportunity and ability to control their lives and futures.

The Women's Empowerment Story

Women's Empowerment International was founded in San Diego, California in 2006 by a group of visionary women with an ambitious goal: To assist desperately poor women living in underserved rural communities with tools to improve their lives.

Together, they launched a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization focused on funding small, repayable loans to help women start modest, income generating businesses. With their income, women would support themselves, educate their children and slowly, strengthen their communities. In time and with great effort, the cycle of poverty is disrupted and change is created for future generations.

Today, Women's Empowerment remains true to our founders' vision.

Over the last decade, in partnership with nonprofit organizations in six countries, we have raised and funded more than $1 million in microloans, training and practical support to 17,000 poor women worldwide. WE was run entirely by volunteers until 2016. Today, we are led by a dynamic Board of Directors, an Executive Director, and hundreds of volunteers. We are headquartered in San Diego, CA.

We are funded 100% by charitable support from people like you. Join us.

Ready to get involved and make a difference? We have volunteer projects, outreach opportunities and active Giving Circles in various communities. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator to learn more!