WomensTrust empowers impoverished women and girls with the tools they need to break the cycle of poverty and build a better future for themselves, their families and communities, and the world. We do this by providing access to education, healthcare and economic development.
Founded in 2003, WomenTrust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with offices in Pokuase, Ghana. To keep administrative costs low, WomensTrust is directed from the US by almost all unpaid volunteers.
WomensTrust’s focus is on Ghana, a country in West Africa. Ranked as a lower middle-income country, it’s economy relies on agricultural exports like palm oil, cocoa, fish, timber, and rubber. The average per capita monthly income is $115, and the rapidly growing economy has done little to alleviate the gross economic disparities between the country's educated elite and the vast majority who live below the poverty level without access to basic services like electricity, sanitation and clean water. Debilitating diseases such as malaria, typhoid fever and dysentery are still common, and the life expectancy is lower than in developed countries -- 64 years for women, 60 years for men.
Moreover, education levels are not keeping pace with the demand for high-tech skills the country's development requires. While the adult literacy rate overall is 67%, a majority of the country's population does not finish high school, and drop-out and illiteracy rates are much higher for girls than boys.