Hope for every woman.

We encourage women around the world to realize their value and reach their potential through job training and education. As a result, many now own a business and feed and care for their own children.

Why Empower Women?

When women are given strength and dignity, it not only impacts their families, it impacts entire communities. The goal of our program is to empower women in El Salvador, Ethiopia, Honduras, Kenya, Nicaragua, the Philippines and Tanzania to make strategic,independent life choices through Micro+, a non-traditional micro-enterprise development program which includes community-based training in peer-oriented cooperative savings groups and non-traditional micro-enterprise development.


Join Convoy:Women — a sisterhood of women who advocate for the work Convoy does and the women we serve.

Our Impact

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    Women's Empowerment program participants in 2017.
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    Newly-trained women in 2017.
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    Received start-up capital in 2017.
  • $1,000

    Cost to empower a single Ethiopian woman.
  • 7

    countries in which we have our Women's Empowerment Initiative.

Our Approach

  • Women's Micro+

    Our Micro+ program equips women with financial education, vocational training, cooperative saving groups and even start-up capital. After receiving training and the distribution of capital for small business start-ups, women participate in income-generating activities as they launch their own small business where activities monitored by Convoy of Hope staff ensure support and success. At the onset of the program, all women engage in self-esteem building activities and are also provided with education in basic literacy and numeracy, family health and nutrition, family planning and the prevention of communicable disease (HIV in particular).

  • Mothers' Clubs

    Through our Mothers' Club, women attend educational sessions where they are trained in nutrition, health and hygiene, literacy, small-scale community agriculture and craftsmanship/cooking. Participants who display consistent attendance receive a month’s worth of food to help supplement their diet at home. Not only does this provide incentive for women to come and learn — it also helps Convoy of Hope address the nutritional deficiencies of children who are not enrolled in school. Caretakers, especially those who are pregnant, are provided with vitamins for both themselves and their children. All of the participants' children under five years of age are monitored through their Body Mass Index to strive toward a reduction in malnutrition and protect healthy development.

  • Empowered Girls

    Empowered Girls brings educational programs to schools and communities. Sessions include contextually appropriate topics such as self-esteem, gender-based violence, and harmful cultural beliefs and practices.


Women's Empowerment Participant, Ethiopia

Genet and her son, Biniam, were homeless — living on the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She had no money, no work experience and no education.

Then Genet enrolled in Convoy’s Women’s Empowerment Initiative. She learned how to manage her finances and run a business. She now has a thriving coffee and biscuit business. She can afford Biniam’s school tuition, and has money to feed him nourishing meals. Genet and Biniam now have a secure future.


Convoy:Women is a sisterhood of women who advocate for the work Convoy does and the women we serve.

There are many ways to partner with us to empower women and their families around the world.

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