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Women's Economic Empowerment

Around the world, women and girls in conflict areas are disproportionately affected by poverty and discrimination. They make up the majority of the world’s poorest people. In all regions of the world women spend at least twice as much time as men on unpaid domestic work but are often not allowed to make decisions within the household.  Poverty cannot be overcome until all people have equal rights and opportunities. Women from the poorest communities worldwide reveal enormous potential.  Despite difficult circumstances, they are able to successfully change their own future, and those of their family.

When women have access to the right skills and tools, and tap into their inner strength, they take on leadership roles and often become successful entrepreneurs, regardless of background. They then go on to invest a higher portion of their earnings in their families and communities than men do. When women benefit, everyone benefits. CARE implements programmes supporting women to thrive.

When women do business, they mean business

On Tuesday 16 June 2020 CARE Nederland organized the 'Women Mean Business' event in support of women entrepreneurs in low-income communities. The event was organized in partnership with…

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Women Mean Business

Decades of progress on gender equality are under threat from COVID-19 but we know that, with the right support, women entrepreneurs living in poverty can contribute to community…

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Soro Naminata is a peanut and cotton farmer

Soro Naminata (30) from Nagbalavogo in the North of Ivory Coast is a peanut and cotton farmer. Married with six children, she grew up in poverty and never…

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Narcisa Cruz Sosa from Peru and her ceramics

“As individuals we sometimes can’t achieve the things we want to, but by uniting as a group we are stronger.” As a teenager, Narcisa Cruz Sosa from Chulucanas…

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Sharmini Thiyakaran

Sharmini the factory owner from Sri Lanka

“My dream is to develop a large-scale company, directly exporting abroad”. Sharmini Thiyakaran (33), is from Konavil in the North of Sri Lanka.  She runs a successful manufacturing…

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Kirupalini

Kirupalini runs her own weaving business

“I am father and mother to my son and now, thanks to my business, I can buy him what he needs.” Kirupalini, 32, runs her own weaving business…

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María Julia is a beekeeper in Peru

“Before, I was too shy to advance my business, now I have overcome that shyness and I feel empowered and strengthened. Not even in my dreams did I…

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Basma Nazer is a social entrepreneur from Jordan

“I am so proud of my achievements, I am not only empowering women in refugee camps, but also helping to solve big issues.” Basma Nazer from Jordan recognized…

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Sékongo Dieneba is in shea butter production

“In large part, it is because of women that many of the children in this village go to school.” Sékongo Dieneba, 45, lives in Dahokaha, a small village…

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Arudselvi Jaicilin

Arudselvi from Sri Lanka runs her own tailoring shop

“Before, people saw me as the poor woman who lost her leg. Now they see me as a business woman with a tailoring shop.” As we arrive at…

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