WHAT IS WOMEN EMPOWERED?
Women Empowered (WE) is PCI’s global initiative dedicated to promoting the economic and social empowerment of women through the formation of self-managed and self-sustaining savings groups. A women’s saving group (WE group) consists of 15-20 women who save money together, lend to each other and conduct business together.
We believe in each woman’s capacity to elevate herself, and her family, out of poverty when provided with guidance, training and tools. PCI provides 18 months of training to WE group participants in governance, record keeping, savings and lending, and entrepreneurship. Regular group meetings also provide a platform for social support and individual leadership development, enabling women to become powerful agents of economic and societal transformation within their communities. Over the life of the project, PCI monitors and reports back on both the economic and social empowerment impact of the WE groups.
Our key objective is to incorporate WE savings and social empowerment groups into PCI’s current and future development programs, supporting 150,000 women to join WE groups in Bolivia, Botswana, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Malawi, Nicaragua, Tanzania, Zambia, Haiti and Mexico by the end of 2014 and to eventually reach over 1,000,000 women.
To date, PCI’s WE Initiative has:
- Supported the creation of more than 15,000 micro-enterprises;
- Facilitated savings and loans equaling $1.7 million;
- Fostered positive change in more than 1,600 communities around the world; and Engaged 35,000 individuals in economic and social empowerment groups.
You can support WE by gathering a Giving Circle of your friends!
How it works:
Groups of 15-20 women, mirroring the WE savings groups, pool their money to support WE groups and become informal ambassadors for WE. Women participating in the group contribute £25 to £100 per month with the goal of pooling £6,000 annually per Giving Circle for investment in WE groups.
How to join the Strategy& WE Giving Circle:
Click the “Donate Monthly” button to the right and you will automatically join. Then invite others to donate!
Each circle has a Chair who coordinates regular gatherings and acts as liaison with PCI. Giving Circles meet 2-3 times a year to receive updates on the WE initiative. Those with less time may opt to receive updates on their investment electronically. For more information, please contact Uli Imhoff Heine at email@example.com.
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