WomensTrust, Inc.

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.
Mar 19, 2013

WomensTrust Winter 2013 Report

Sophia, loan client, Nsawam, Ghana
Sophia, loan client, Nsawam, Ghana

WomensTrust has opened a new office in Nsawam, an agricultural community in the Eastern Region of Ghana, with a major marketplace. Our Nsawam loan clients are market sellers and women in the surrounding villages.

 

The girls’ scholarship program distributed school uniforms, school supplies and paid school fees for 240 girls from Pokuase and Nsawam for the 2012-13 school year. Some of the girls in Pokuase have now graduated from Senior High School, some with dreams of higher education. Three of those girls are “giving back” by working in the WomensTrust office.

 

With the addition of the Nsawam office, we have added a Village Savings and Loan Association (VSLA) program. This program works with the poorest of the poor, who do not qualify for microfinance loans. We are overseeing a pilot program in Avaga village, which is run by community members, with training and oversight by WomensTrust staff for one year, at which time the members can then operate on their own. It is transparent and is effective in fostering savings.

 

We at WomensTrust are excited about these new projects, run by local community members and look for continued support so we can reach many more women and girls.

Student receives new uniform and school supplies
Student receives new uniform and school supplies
Village Savings & Loans Assoc., Avaga, Ghana
Village Savings & Loans Assoc., Avaga, Ghana
Dec 11, 2012

WomensTrust Opens Office in Nsawam

Palm oil seller Adua, new loan client in Nsawam
Palm oil seller Adua, new loan client in Nsawam

WomensTrust is expanding our microfinance and education programs into new communities that will allow us to help empower thousands more impoverished women and girls in Ghana to build better futures for themselves and their families.

In December of 2012, we extended our microloan programs to women in Nsawam, a vibrant trading center of 120,000 people located about 10 miles north of Pokuase, the village where WomensTrust maintains its main office. WomensTrust has opened an office in the community and will hire two new employees to administer our programs there.

Currently, WomensTrust has more than 700 active microloan clients, and has awarded over 800 scholarships to keep girls in school.

Nsawam loan client, Gifty, sews school uniforms
Nsawam loan client, Gifty, sews school uniforms
Loan client Janet sells tomatoes in Nsawam market
Loan client Janet sells tomatoes in Nsawam market

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Jul 17, 2012

Empowering Rural Women

Every February thousands of women gather together in New York City to explore the critical issues facing women globally. Thanks to a sponsorship from Anglican Women’s Empowerment (AWE), I traveled from my home in Pokuase to New York to speak on a panel at this year’s gathering, the 56thSession of the United Nations’ Conference on the Status of Women. The event confirmed for me that women’s empowerment is not a destination but a lifelong journey. 

This year’s conference focused on rural women and their role in eradicating poverty and hunger across the globe. Being born a woman in a rural village automatically puts a lot of obstacles in your path. But I’m certainly not alone on the journey. I was able to personally meet with women leaders like US Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice; Melanne Verveer, UN Ambassador at Large for global women’s issues; Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee; and Pan-African Women Parliamentarians’ President Gertrude Mogela. I returned to Pokuase inspired and ready to work harder than ever in solidarity with other rural women. I thank the AWE – and all its sponsors and supporters – for making the dream of this rural woman come true. 

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