She is Empowered. Believe in Her. She is a Changemaker!
“Since coming to EWI, I have regained my confidence and sense of purpose. After divorce and losing my job, I felt lost and unsure of the direction of my life. EWI helped me learn about what I need to do to run my own bakery. With support from EWI’s mentors and the entrepreneurship program, I can now build a successful business, which in turn gives back to the community.” – Lizzie
More than 200 women come to EWI each year to seek mentoring, entrepreneurship training, marketing advice, micro-loans and a community of support.
Some are immigrants or refugees. Others are survivors of labor and human trafficking facing complex and traumatic life challenges.
Many are unemployed American-born pursuing entrepreneurship to find new meaningful ways to make a living and overcome isolation and financial instability.
Whatever the challenge might be, these women are bound and determined to succeed.
They are no longer working alone from their basement or their table kitchen, but have a platform for working with other entrepreneurs, supporting one another and growing their businesses together.
EWI’s Entrepreneur Incubator program, mentoring and business support services provide an alternative path to self-sufficiency, when employment is not readily available.
Lizzie, for example, a Ghanaian entrepreneur and a mother of two, always dreamed of running her own bakery. With generous support from donors like you, EWI provided her with a scholarship to the Entrepreneur Training for Success program. She graduated a year ago with a solid business plan, and is now pursuing the Grow My Business program.
Lizzie knocked on many doors to sell her gluten, dairy and egg-free baked goods. The door that opened was by an EWI alumni who runs an Ethiopian café in Bethesda. Lizzie started to sell her cupcakes, cookies and cakes there, and build a market for her baked goods. Lizzie is no longer lost, but focused and confident and determined to succeed.
We need your support today to help more women like Lizzie thrive.
Through our “Invest in a Woman Entrepreneur. Empower a Community” campaign, you will provide entrepreneurship scholarships for 60 highly motivated low-income women.
To accomplish this, we must secure $100,000 by December 31, 2013 to ensure our clients continue to have access to our yearlong entrepreneurship training, financial education, micro-loans, and ongoing mentoring and support services.
Your generosity over the past years has helped us transform the lives of more than 3,000 women. I hope we can count on you once more.
Together we can continue to do good and invest the seeds of entrepreneurship in all willing to work hard and make a difference, like Lizzie.
Your investment strengthens not only women and their families, but also our communities to become more resilient in the face of a challenging economy and a difficult time for all.
Thank you so much for everything you do to create economic opportunity and invest in a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs and change-makers.
With much gratitude,
Marga C. Fripp
Founder and Chief Visionary
Empowered Women International