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Our impact

Our impact

Our programme helps women to build skills, knowledge and resources so that they can forge their own path and achieve long term security and self-reliance. Women are supported to start businesses, build support networks, and to take on leadership roles in their communities.

Results show that in just one year, women are able to make significant and measurable improvements in their lives, and deliver lasting impact for their families and communities.

Areas of impact

As each woman participates in our year-long programme, she works to strengthen herself across four critical areas of social and economic empowerment. Here are just a few of the many changes a sample of our graduates report seeing in their lives over three years.

Women earn and save money
Photo: Charles Lomodong

Women earn and save money

Why it matters: Learning how to earn money, receiving a monthly stipend, and setting aside savings gives women the ability to provide for their family's needs and invest in a new future.

What our graduates report: On average, women report daily personal earnings of $2.12 at graduation, compared to $0.81 at enrolment. 47% of women report being a member of a savings group upon graduation, compared to 15% at enrolment.

Photo: Women for Women International
Photo: Women for Women International

Women Develop Health and Well-being

Why it matters: Basic health education and connecting with local care providers enables women to best protect their and their family's well-being.

What our graduates report: 84% of women at graduation report that they are involved in household family planning decision making, compared to 47% at enrolment.

Programme in Kosovo
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Why it matters: Education on household issues allows women to better influence the decisions that affect their families.

What our graduates report: 81% of women at graduation report participating in household financial decision making, compared to 52% at enrolment.

Participants making baskets in Rwanda.
Participants making baskets in Rwanda.

Women learn about their rights

Why it matters: Learning about the equal rights of women and men gives women greater confidence to raise their voices on the issues affecting their lives.

What our graduates report: Participants’ knowledge of their rights increased to 77% at graduation compared to 62% at enrollment.


Data was provided by 5,439 participants who graduated from Women for Women International's core programme between January and December 2018. This dataset only includes baseline and endline data for sampled graduates who were interviewed in both survey rounds. For data related to household decision-making, women whose responses were recorded as “N/A” are excluded from sample.

Purchasing power parities (PPPs) are the rates of currency conversion that equalise the purchasing power of different currencies by eliminating the differences in price levels between countries.

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Our Annual Reports

The women we serve tell us that through our programmes, they find new opportunities to strengthen themselves, their families, and their communities. Our annual reports provide detailed information on our mission, history, finances and our achievements since 2013.

The Global Goals

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 Global Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. We are concerned that marginalised women survivors of conflict are being failed by the Goals and are continuing to be left behind.

Sponsor A Sister

Your monthly gifts of £22 could help support her through a year-long training programme that will give her the skills to support her family and transform her life.