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Women’s Empowerment International (WE) believes that all people should live free from poverty. Since 2005, WE has provided life-changing fundingraised entirely through charitable donationsto women in some of the world’s most under-resourced communities, here in the U.S. and countries around the world.  

In partnership with high-impact nonprofit organizations, WE funds vital poverty alleviation strategies, including loans to help women start small businesses, skills training, education, and practical, holistic support to help them strengthen their families and their communities.


OEF El Salvador

Empowering Women at Home & in the Community

OEF’s three-part model focuses on education, employability, and preventative health. With WE support, OEF launched a pilot microloan project for the social and economic empowerment of women that provides training on job and life skills and business development support, as well as works to increase women’s participation and decision-making, both at the family and community levels.

GUATEMALA | Multicolores


Traditional Arts Empower

Multicolores, based in rural communities in Guatemala, is an association for Maya women artists, who create original works of textile art using rug-hooking and embroidery. Through their work, the women celebrate their heritage and become catalysts for social change in their families and communities. Multicolores supports the artists through creative and economic development, health and well-being, and leadership.

HAITI | Fonkoze

Expanding Healthcare in Haiti

Access to healthcare is urgently needed in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Through the Boutik Sante Program of Fonkoze, WE funds healthcare supplies  and the training of female microfinance clients so they can operate rural community health stores. The services and goods provided at these mini-clinics have saved thousands of lives.

HONDURAS | Adelante

Creating Hope in Honduras

Focusing on rural, under-resourced areas of Honduras, WE-funded microloans through partner Adelante enable women to start small businesses. Through farming and the sale of food, animals, and handcrafted goods, these women work to break a cycle of intergenerational poverty and strengthen their families.


Increasing Independence and Security for Women

In Tijuana, WE is proud to support ESTIMA and Via Migrante, two programs of Via International that build support for women working in the sex trade and those affected by the trauma of migration, providing economic empowerment and tools to resist and/or exit patterns of violence.


Empowering Entrepreneurs in Puerto Rico

In partnership with Proyecto Matria in Puerto Rico, WE funds the business start-up costs for aspiring women entrepreneurs whose financial stability is essential to the country’s on-going hurricane recovery efforts.

SAN DIEGO | Girls Invest

Girls Invest in Their Futures

A mobile app-based financial literacy and savings incentive program, WE partner, Girls Invest, helps adolescent girls from low-income backgrounds in El Cajon and City Heights gain financial literacy, build a savings account, improve health outcomes, and envision a future.


A STAR Program is Born

In San Diego and El Cajon, WE’s funding of a business incubator has enabled women in low-income communities to start and strengthen over 890 local businesses. In partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) since 2006, the WE STAR Program offers comprehensive business start-up and expansion services to refugees and other local women.

SAN DIEGO | Urban Corps

Urban Corps

Overcoming Barriers to Employment

Coming soon.

UGANDA | Nyaka

A Lifeline for Uganda's Grannies and Orphans

Through a partnership with Nyaka, WE provides vital loan funding to thousands of grandmothers caring for children who have lost parents to HIV/AIDS. With loans as small as $14, the grannies start small, sustainable businesses so they can feed, shelter, and educate their grandchildren and the other village orphans they care for.

Past Partner | SAN DIEGO
Dreams for Change

Attaining Dreams of Change

Amid increasing concerns about homelessness and housing insecurity in San Diego, WE’s partnership with Dreams for Change supports women participants in Dreams’ Cuisine, an innovative on-the-job training program that prepares women experiencing homelessness for work with practical skills and training to succeed in securing employment.