Women’s Empowerment & Poverty

PCI's programs promote women's empowerment and provide solutions to poverty.
Around the world, PCI is empowering women and girls to be self-sufficient and have ecomonic stability.

The tools that PCI brings to our programs help define the concept of transformational development: finding solutions to poverty through the aspirations, talent, and skills of the people we serve.

PCI helps prevent disease and promote family health and nutrition, combats violence against women, and works to empower women and youth to become community leaders.

PCI’s economic development programs provide individuals with the education, skills, and access to capital they need to increase their livelihood security and self-sufficiency.

PCI believes that women, if given the tools and resources, are the key to overcoming poverty.
  • At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.
  • The poorest 40% of the world’s population accounts for 5% of global income. The richest 20% accounts for three-quarters of world income.
  • Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. 1.6 billion people — a quarter of humanity — live without electricity.
  • Of the 1.3 billion people worldwide in extreme poverty, 70% of them are women or girls.
  • Women work two-thirds of the world’s working hours, but earn only 10 percent of the world’s income. They own less than 1 percent of the world’s property.


PCI's women's empowerment programs are transforming communities around the world.
  • Families experienced a 196% increase in net worth of farmers participating in PCI’s llamas program in Bolivia.
  • PCI reached 1,954,614 people through awareness and educational campaigns in 2011.
  • Over 15,000 women are participating in village-led savings groups in Ethiopia.
  • In 13 of 32 target schools, PCI helped increase the enrollment of girls by 5% or more in Liberia.
  • Since 2008, PCI has helped farmers in Nicaragua increase their incomes by 63%.
  • PCI engaged over 6,000 community leaders in South Africa to promote action stopping violence against women.


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