Thanks to all organizations who applied for a 2020 Empowerment Grant!

Look for our announcement of grant awardees here.

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WIL funds microloans to provide enterprising women the ability to start and grow their businesses, giving them an economic power rarely available in under-resourced areas of the world. Join us to raise funds to support WIL’s MICROFINANCE program. 

See Events page for details and photos of past events.

Upcoming Programs

Registration is required for all programs. There is no charge for many programs.  Guests are welcome.  Check back for information on our upcoming programs.

WIL Members Party 
June 7, 2022
5:00 - 7:00 pm

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WIL Members Party

Real People!

Real Food!

Really Great Time!

It's time to get together and just have fun!  Join us for cocktails and conversation as we celebrate WIL and each other!

 

1919 Market Street, 28th floor

Registration necessary for lobby check-in.  Open to WIL members only.

WIL Travel Film Club 
A Journey to Nicaragua
May 5, 2022
5:00 - 6:30 pm

ZOOM video discussion 

Link, to be sent to registra a day before the discussion.

In the Movie "La Yuma" - Visit Nicaragua through the life of La Yuma, a girl from a poor "barrio" who dreams of becoming a boxer.

 

La Yuma is passionate about becoming a boxer, but she faces seemingly overwhelming gender and social barriers; she is a girl trying to succeed in a male dominated sport; her family is poor and dysfunctional; and she lives within a cycle of poverty and violence in her neighborhood.  La Yuma is fearless and ready to do anything to realize her dream. With fierce drive and hard work, she succeeds overcoming all obstacles and leaves home taking her little brother and sisters with her out from a life with no future.

 

WIL supports NGOs in Nicaragua and other parts of the world, where girls and women are held back and can be helped to achieve their dreams.

 

Join your WIL travel buddies as we hold compelling conversation, rooted in Nicaragua, that highlights the needs and benefits of our mission to serve.  Let's make a virtual visit to Nicaragua together.

You can find La Yuma on Amazon in Spanish, Vimeo.com English or French Subtitles.

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Virtual Travel Programs

WIL Travel

WIL members and their guests meet virtually to discuss international films and books about women — from a cultural perspective.

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COVID Grants

Namaste Direct

WIL provided Namaste Direct a $5,000 grant to support Namaste's Basic Income Supplement Program.  The program provided funds over a three month period to approximately 20 current indigenous borrowers in Guatemala whose incomes were negatively impacted by the pandemic. 

Street Child

WIL funded a grant to support a three-month social enterprise program in Sierra Leone that produced and sold face masks to prevent and ameliorate the impact of COVID-19 in 19 communities. 

In 2020, WIL provided one-time grants to two of our partner organizations to fund special initiatives to address the COVID pandemic.