WomensTrust provides opportunities for women
entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

 

Economic Development

Poverty is not a women’s problem per se, but it is a problem that disproportionately affects women. Women make up half of the world's population, yet represent 70% of the world's poor. Although women do 65% of the work to support their families, they earn only 10% of the income and own only 1% of the land. Obviously, this has to change.

Research has shown that one of the most effective ways to improve women’s lives is to help them become economically independent. According to the World Bank and the Council on Foreign Relations, when women are able to support themselves, not only do their own lives improve; they typically reinvest 90% of their earnings in their families and communities. They send their children to school, nutrition and health care improve, domestic and sexual violence decrease and life in their communities improves. An increase of $10 in a woman’s income achieves the same improvements in children’s nutrition and health as an increase of $110 in a man’s income.

WomensTrust is committed to women’s economic development. 

WomensTrust is committed to women’s economic development and supports entrepreneurship among women in Ghana. We work with women to advance their economic development through community-based initiatives such as the Adult Literacy Program. This program was launched at the request of women microentrepreneurs—traders, seamstresses, hairdressers, caterers, etc.—in our community. To help participants develop the skills to better manage their businesses, the program provides instruction in:

  • Reading and writing in the local language
  • Basic mathematical skills
  • How to speak English

The classes are offered three times a week, each class lasting two hours, and are in high demand.