WHAT EXACTLY IS GWE?
The Global Women's Economic Empowerment Program is a women-led family empowerment program which seeks to end the cycle of extreme poverty and social isolation in Korah, Ethiopia. GWE empowers women who are living with leprosy and/or HIV/AIDS by providing skills-based training, financial education, and start-up capital for a business. Over the course of 10 months, groups of women receive training as they develop and establish a business and begin generating an income. These businesses are funded by your donations to I Pour Life.
The women in GWE have shown strength in the face of unspeakable adversity. Because of the stigma associated with disease, women living with leprosy and/or HIV/AIDS are ostracized from their families. Many of these women are unable to find work and, as a result, are at risk of losing their children. However, they are resilient, compassionate, and determined to provide a better future for their families, which is why they have succeeded in the GWE program.
GWE creates a ripple effect that ends the cycle of poverty. The GWE program empowers the most marginalized women in Ethiopia to become self-sufficient. As the women generate an income, they are able to place their children in school, employ community and family members, and lift themselves out of poverty in a dignified manner. Many of the women have started second businesses and are employing their families and friends. Through these experiences and opportunities, leaders are born and communities are strengthened.
149Lives changed forever.
$1,000To sponsor one woman's journey.
504People directly affected by sustainability.