SAN DIEGO—When it comes to giving women the tools and opportunities they need to reach their full potential, Project Concern International (PCI) means business.
On Friday, Oct. 12, Southern California’s largest health and humanitarian organization will celebrate the one-year anniversary of launching WE can do MORE, a microenterprise learning incubator. This San Diego-based program offers local underserved women a safe space to learn about starting and running a small business with weekly trainings, one-on-one mentorship and a retail space to sell their products. In its first year, the incubator trained 44 women.
“[This program] has allowed me to learn how to run my business and take it to the next level,” said Rosy Mendoza, a WE can do MORE graduate. “Before coming to PCI, I was cleaning homes to earn a living, but now I am growing my jewelry business and soon I won’t need to clean homes anymore. I just expanded to another location and I am in the process of developing my website.”
WE can do MORE is part of PCI’s Wealth Generation Pathways framework, which links participants of Women Empowered (WE) groups with entrepreneurship, employment opportunities and training. To date, more than 1.3 million women are involved in WE groups across 12 countries, including the United States. Together, they have saved over $5.8 million which they have used to grow their businesses and reinvest in their families.
The first anniversary celebration of WE can do MORE will take place on Friday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 4305 University Ave., Suite 130, San Diego, CA 92105. Festivities will include mariachi music, hors d’oeuvres by one of our women entrepreneurs, and a prize drawing.
About Project Concern International (PCI): PCI’s mission is to empower communities to enhance health, end hunger, overcome hardship, and advance women and girls. PCI envisions a world in which the most vulnerable people will have the power to lift themselves out of poverty and to create vital, healthy lives for their families and communities now and for the future. PCI works in 18 countries, including the United States. For more information, visit www.pciglobal.org.