Meet the Women Entrepreneurs Building a Brighter Future for their Families
In countries affected by conflict, women face even greater challenges in starting and growing their own businesses, due to a combination of insecurity, high poverty rates, and strong traditional gender norms.
Avocado seller, Rwanda
I knew that my family’s poverty was due to illness, not laziness, and so when Women for Women International invited me to join their 12-month programme, I knew I could use the opportunity to lift up my family.
Poultry farmer, Nigeria
Milk and yoghurt producer, Democratic Republic of Congo
Nono producer, Nigeria
"My husband now sees the need for a woman to be financially independent and encourages me to keep attending Women for Women International classes each week."
On World Humanitarian Day, we spoke to Moses Abure, our Economic Empowerment Officer, based in Yei, South Sudan about what inspires his powerful work.
In the Democratic Republic of Congo, graduates of our programme are organising 'Community Forums' to educate and engage local leaders on women's rights issues, and find solutions to the major barriers women face.
On July 18, the World Health Organisation declared that the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to be a Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Learn more about how we are protecting and preparing our programme participants.