Of the world's poor, 70 percent are women. That is a worldwide fact, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
How empowering women helps ease poverty
But here’s another fact…if a woman earns a dollar, she will spend 80 cents on her family.
And another… if you help a woman out of poverty, she will take seven people with her.
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Supporting women in the developing world targets both the most urgent need AND makes the most effective contribution in addressing poverty.
It’s for these reasons that focuses on supporting women and girl projects in the developing world. However, we will not educate the women’s children, dig wells or provide food.
Instead we WILL fund self-help groups, which provide personal development and vocational training, entrepreneurship mentoring and small-group support.
From that foundation, the women establish individual and group businesses that allow each woman in the group to take care of her own family and community needs. We help build her capacity - and she makes her future.
When you help a woman out of poverty, she reaches out for the hands of her children, her family and her community. Everyone benefits.
She holds up half the sky…