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.

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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
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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: Women’s daily earnings more than doubled, from an average of $0.80 at enrollment to $2 upon graduation. Their savings also grew from an average of $13 to $88.

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: The number of women who reported practicing family planning more than doubled.

Programme in Kosovo
Photo: Hazel Thompson

WOMEN INFLUENCE DECISIONS IN THEIR HOMES AND COMMUNITIES

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

What our graduates report: Upon graduation, 79% more women reported being involved in household decisions about having more children, and 56% more reported being involved in financial decisions. Upon graduation, 79% more women reported being involved in household decisions about having more children, and 56% more reported being involved in financial decisions.

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

Connecting to support networks

Why it matters: When a woman joins the programme, she comes together with 24 other women, forming a tight support group that helps to break the isolation caused by war and insecurity.

What our graduates report: Women’s participation in savings groups more than tripled by graduation, enabling women increased access to loans and a stronger support system of their peers.

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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.


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.


2021 in Review

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Last year, we were able to reach thousands of women across the conflict-affected countries we work in, amid the global pandemic and despite resurgences of violence in some of the communities we support. Read our 2021 in review to learn more about the impact of your support.