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WE Expands Support to Homeless Women & At-Risk Girls in San Diego and Backs Women Entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico

New partnerships to provide job-readiness and financial literacy training

San Diego, CA – Women’s Empowerment International proudly announces three new partnerships to counter homelessness and economically empower women and girls at-risk in San Diego and Puerto Rico, expanding the group’s reach to six countries and more than 20,000 women. New partners include Dreams for Change (San Diego); Girls Invest (San Diego) and Proyecto Matria (Puerto Rico).

 “The time is right for Women’s Empowerment to invest further in our community by supporting two particularly vulnerable San Diego populations: homeless women and at-risk adolescent girls,” said Paige Bradley, Executive Director for WE. “We are also incredibly proud to support the on-going woman-led recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.”

Amid increasing concerns about homelessness and housing insecurity in San Diego, the partnership with local non-profit, Dreams for Change, will support women participants in Eat Better Today, an on-the-job training program that prepares homeless women for employment in the food service industry. Dr. Teresa Smith leads Dreams for Change, bringing creative, proven solutions to the local challenge of homelessness and housing insecurity.

The announcement also marks the first time Women’s Empowerment is investing directly in support for low-income girls. Girls Invest, a mobile-enabled economic empowerment program, is designed to engage high-risk adolescent girls to learn principles of financial literacy, economic empowerment and health and well-being skills. Participating girls will be provided with savings accounts that will receive modest incentive deposits when teaching modules are successfully completed.

In Puerto Rico, in partnership with local nonprofit, Proyecto Matria, WE is offering seed capital and entrepreneurship training towomen who are poor and housing insecure, often as the result of domestic or gender-based violence. Women in the “Libera” business incubation program receive support in the development of a business idea and implementation plan in addition to necessary emotional and social supports. WE funding will cover the the essential costs of women starting new businesses including equipment, licenses and permits. New entrepreneurs receive continued support from Proyecto Matria after the launch of their businesses.

“By investing in women and girls, we are fueling the social and economic engines of our global communities, driving progress and growth. Women’s Empowerment International is proud to provide support and hope to some of the most deserving women here at home and in the poorest parts of the world. When women succeed, whole societies benefit.”

These projects complement WE’s existing portfolio of partner organizations empowering ultra-poor women in the US (IRC San Diego), Mexico (ESTIMA), Honduras (Adelante Foundation), Haiti (Fonkoze) and Uganda (Nyaka AIDS Orphans Foundation).