Donate by year’s end to help women entrepreneurs launch businesses, create jobs and put money back in the local economy.

Year-End Giving Campaign
Your gift can help a woman realize her dream of business ownership, break the cycle of poverty for her family, and put money back in the local economy.

When Gracia Avila’s abusive ex-husband threatened to take her daughter away from her because she was unemployed and not financially solvent, Gracia decided it was time to take charge of her life and make her perfume business a success.

Today, Gracia’s business, Evolution Perfumes in San Francisco’s Mission district, not only supports Gracia and her daughter, but also provides employment for three people!

“I feel so happy to have been able to build my business and take care of my daughter through my hard work. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of this wonderful organization that allowed me to leave fear behind and gain back my courage.”

We know that the women who go through our small business training program are:

Staying in business:
Five years after graduation, 70% are still in business.

Increasing their income:
Clients’ income jumps 95% from an average of $12,938 a year before participating to $25,181 one year after.

Multiplying average wealth nearly fifteen-fold:
Clients grow their overall average net worth from $2,939 before classes to $42,752 within two years.

Providing their employees with higher wages:
Graduates pay their employees an average of $22 an hour, significantly more than minimum wage.

Creating jobs:
In 2011, Women’s Initiative’s graduates created and retained more than 5,500 jobs.

For every $1 donated to Women’s Initiative, $30 is returned to the local economy as women pay taxes and create jobs.

To find out more about Women’s Initiative, watch this inspirational video.

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    Women's Initiative provides high-potential, low-income women with the training, funding and ongoing support to start their own businesses.
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