Women’s Empowerment

Soroptimists develop, finance and implement projects that give women better access to economic empowerment opportunities.

Soroptimists help women and girls get the education and practical skills needed to enter the labour force and become economically independent.

Many Soroptimist projects in the area of economic empowerment are conducted in partnership with micro-credit organisations, companies and other institutions. Together with our partners, we provide women with the skills and resources required to excel as entrepreneurs or employees. We also help women gain access to credit so that they can start their own businesses.

Our economic empowerment projects extend to remote rural areas where women are often caught in a poverty trap and spend much of their time on menial tasks. We build wells in communities to reduce the time women spend fetching water for cleaning or cooking and train women on how to increase their crop yields and sell their produce.

Sample project Action in favour of the Amerindian women of Awala-Yalimapo

Awala-Yalimapo is a French Guiana village located in the extreme north-west of Guiana, more than 60 km from Saint-Laurent-du-Maroni. It is traditionally and predominantly inhabited by the Kali’nas Amerindians, the indigenous French Guian people.  Today, the Amerindians represent 5% of the population[i] and their way of life has remained traditional: they live mainly from hunting, […]

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