Empowerment Grants

Competitive awards to provide financial support for organizations working with women and girls in developing countries.

7 Grants Awarded in 2020!

WIL Grants

In accordance with WIL of Greater Philadelphia’s mission of “empowering women as leaders globally,” WIL offers competitive empowerment grants to provide financial support for non-profits and NGOs working in developing countries. The empowerment grants target areas of WIL’s mission other than microfinance and village banks: education, health, training, social and political empowerment programs for women.


Grants of up to $1500 are awarded to provide seed money and/or help build capacity in programs. In 2019, 10 grants were awarded to organizations in 5 different countries. 

 

In 2018, WIL funded special, one-time Empowerment Grants of up to $5,000 to support the completion of a single major initiative or project for a small non-profit organization in a developing country. Four special grants were awarded to organizations in Peru, Tanzania, Sudan, and Sierra Leone for a total of $15,000.

WIL is pleased to announce the 2020 Empowerment Grant Awards in honor of International Women’s Day

2020 Grants

Alpha Women Empowerment Initiative

Goat Farming Project for Women Living With HIV/AIDS

Kasese District, Uganda

Community for Khmer Villages

Project to Develop Certified Women Health Literacy Advisors

Rural Cambodia

Crystal Lens Impact Africa Foundation

Girls Career Acceleration Project - Mentorship for Girls

Lagos, Nigeria

Etta Projects

“Choosing Her Own Path” Girls Empowerment Program

Eastern Bolivia

Kakere Women’s Group

Poultry Raising Project for Improved Livelihood of Women Farmers

Bukedea District, Uganda

Mali Health

Project to Launch Small Cooperatives for Income Generation for Women

Bamako, Mali

 

Women’s Action for Community Development

Project for Women Farmer Groups to Add Value to Coffee Products by Improving Packaging

Bukedea District, Uganda

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

ACTION FOR RURAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ARDWF)

KASESE, UGANDA

To train women in making and selling clean energy charcoal briquettes

AL SUDANIYA MENTORING (ASM)

KHARTOUM & GEZIRA, SUDAN

To build on a local and distance mentoring program by creating an online and print resource library, piloting a 2-day entrepreneur workshop and expanding the mentoring program into the Gezira state

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE

KASESE DISTRICT, UGANDA

Goat farming project for women living with HIV/AIDS

ARTESANOS DON BOSCOS

JANGAS, PERU

To expand a community library and after school program WIL helped establish by introducing quilting workshops

ASSOCIACION SUENOS

ANTIGUA, GUATEMALA

To fund, a “mommy and me” program providing a support network for mothers while they play with their children and learn about child development

BICYCLES AGAINST POVERTY

LIRA DISTRICT, UGANDA

To expand a pilot program to distribute 18 bicycles to rural women who will pay for the bicycles using new income enabled by bicycles

CARIBBEAN MICROFINANCE ALLIANCE (CMFA)

KINGSTON & OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA

To pilot 2-day financial education workshops for female entrepreneurs, mostly heads-of-household

COMMUNITY FOR KHMER VILLAGES

RURAL CAMBODIA

Project to develop certified women health literacy advisors

CRYSTAL LENS IMPACT AFRICA FOUNDATION

LAGOS, NIGERIA

Girls career acceleration project - mentorship for girls

DELENE’S GIFT

CASAMANCE, SENEGAL

To support disabled women in making and selling keychains and to establish an online store for their products

ENVENTURE

NORTHERN UGANDA

To provide an interactive 6- day entrepreneur business camp for women that includes digital literacy, clean energy product sales, and training to use a bookkeeping mobile app developed for low-literate sales agents and micro-entrepreneurs

ETTA PROJECTS

EASTERN BOLIVIA

"Choosing Her Own Path" girls empowerment program

ETTA PROJECTS

SANTA CRUZ, BOLIVIA

Bicycle run blenders and business training project to empower Quechua women

FISTULA FOUNDATION

AFRICA, SOUTHEAST ASIA

To provide a fistula surgery for one woman

FRIENDSHIP BRIDGE

GUATEMALA

To support the Artisan Market Access Program by providing 2 technical training sessions for women and by building one display case to showcase artisan products in the Solola branch

HISPANIOLA HEALTH PARTNERS

SOUTHEAST DEPARTMENT, HAITI

To educate 800 women about cervical cancer and to teach them how to perform self-testing

KAKERE WOMEN'S GROUP

BUKEDEA DISTRICT, UGANDA

Poultry raising project for improved livelihood of women farmers

KAKERE WOMEN'S GROUP

BUKEDEA DISTRICT, UGANDA

Poultry rearing and small vegetable growing income generation project

KIMBO AMAZING WOMEN YYC

GITHURAI, KENYA

Amplify Our Voices Project to train women in their civic rights

LOVE UNVEILED MINISTRIES

OYAM DISTRICT, NORTHERN UGANDA

To set up a training and educational center for girls in the Start, Stay, and Return to school program and for women whose children are being sponsored in programs

LOVE UNVEILED MINISTRIES

KAYUNGA DISTRICT, UGANDA

Girls Start-Stay-Return to School project expansion

MALI HEALTH

BAMAKO, MALI

Project to launch small cooperatives for income generation for women

MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS INTERNATIONAL

LAGOS, NIGERIA

To support one of the 25 African women at the fifth International Training Institute which will train and strengthen women as peacebuilders in their communities and regions

MWANGAZA EDUCATION FOR PARTNERSHIP

ARUSHA, TANZANIA

Extension of the Binti Mama (mother-daughter) empowerment education project to new region

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION OF DOMINICA

DOMINICA

To re-start, after the devastating hurricane damage, the capacity building business and entrepreneurial training program for 25 rural women

NYAKASANGA DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

KASESE DISTRICT, UGANDA

Women's piggery rearing income development project

NYAKASANGA DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (NYAKU)

KASESE, UGANDA

To train women farmers in the production and marketing of mushrooms and leafy vegetables

SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC ACTION FOR LEBANON (SEAL)

LEBANON

To help establish a factory, cooperatively- owned by women, to produce syrups from fruits for food production and cosmetics

SOCIETY FOR NURTURE EDUCATION AND HEALTH ADVANCEMENT (SNEHA)

DEHRADUN, INDIA

To provide extra after school classes to help the adolescent girls from the slums succeed academically in high school

VOICES AWAKE GIRLS ORGANIZATION

SALIMA DISTRICT, MALAWI

To start a chicken farming project at the home and rescue center for homeless girls and women fleeing domestic abuse

Contribute any amount. Every dollar donated empowers women to become independent contributors and community leaders.

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