When women have decision-making power over their finances, children are better educated, families and communities are healthier, and nations thrive. Indeed, global research demonstrates that women’s economic empowerment not only improves their lives and the lives of their children, but contributes to their countries’ productivity. Yet women are consistently less likely to be employed than men; less likely than men to have decision-making power over household finances; are paid less than men if they do work; and are less likely than men to gain access to formal saving, banking, and lending mechanisms.
WomenStrong works with organizations around the world to help women identify and seize opportunities that can help them move toward financial stability and independence. We understand that these initial opportunities can take many forms, depending on the resources available to women, the overall economy, and local markets. WomenStrong looks forward to sharing broadly the knowledge and experience of organizations around the world that are finding and devising effective pathways toward financial sustainability and economic justice.
Our Learning Lab activities focused on Economic Opportunity will launch in Summer 2020.
Field Resources for Economic Opportunity
Empowered Entrepreneur Training Handbook [pdf]
This curriculum helps facilitators plan and initiate a specific training to empower women micro-entrepreneurs, small business owners, and sales agents in the household energy sector. The 6 day focuses on leadership, business skills and ongoing training to support women for entrepreneurs.
Source: Global Alliance For Clean CookstovesDownload This Resource
Group Savings and Loans: Micro Finance Programme, Field Officers’ Training Manual [doc]
A nuts-&-bolts “how-to” for savings and loans facilitators, developed by CARE-Kenya on the basis of its experience in the Nairobi slum of Kibera.
Source: CARE-KENYADownload This Resource
Curitiba: Designing a Sustainable City
An object lesson in leadership and the potential for reinvention, when a visionary mayor, in partnership with communities, the private and non-profit sectors, transformed a city ravaged by unchecked development, traffic, pollution, asphalt and lack of opportunity into a green, child-friendly city with a rapid-transit system that carries more passengers per day than New York.
Source: Environment and EcologyView This Resource