Jan Phillips in Liberia, December 2013


Fabulous friend and FFW Founding Member Jan Phillips came to Liberia in December 2013 to document our seven years of work there as a gift to us!   We are so grateful Jan!



"I went to Liberia to help document the amazing work the Foundation for Women is doing over there.

As a founding member, I have been supporting the work for fifteen years—both locally and globally.

Being with the women whose lives have been radically improved by their association with the Foundation was an incredible opportunity. I saw first-hand what a huge difference a little support makes and what a vast network of support the Foundation is growing over there.

It was a joy to behold!"

- Jan Phillips,






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Emily Guegbeh Peal steps down

February 17, 2014
Monrovia, Liberia
Contact: Deborah Lindholm 0886749413 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
               Founder/CEO Foundation for Women

After seven years of dedicated service to the impoverished women and country of Liberia, Emily Guegbeh Peal has stepped aside today as CEO Foundation for Women Liberia (FFWL).

Emily suffered a stroke in Monrovia on Thursday, December 5, 2013.  It is necessary for her to seek medical treatment in the US beyond what is available in Liberia.

The competent Foundation for Women Liberia team will continue the important work Emily and the organization have done since its inception in January 2007.  FFWL has touched more than 250 communities providing more than 10,000 microcredit loans.

Emily and the FFWL team have empowered women to build businesses, helped them improve their lives and those of their children, and provided hope for the future to tens of thousands of people living in dire poverty.  

We pray for Emily’s health and well-being with great gratitude for all of her service to the Foundation for Women in support of our mission to eliminate global poverty through microcredit.




One morning, Aminata Jalloh was strolling along Cheeseman Avenue in Monrovia, Liberia when she stopped to ask what a group of women were doing in front of a building. She was told that the place was the Foundation for Women, an NGO that was helping to empower women by providing them microloans to start their businesses.
Aminata Jalloh applied with the Foundation for Women for a “Unique Loan” (individual loan). Like other applicants, she had an interview before she received the loan. The interview is to get to know the applicant and the applicant’s ability to repay the loan.

Elsa, a Story of Empowerment and Success

It was over 7 years ago that Elsa joined our first borrowing centers in El Cajon City. She came to explore opportunities to generate sustainable income to support her family. Elsa has 3 children, 2 girls and 1 boy. She was living in a trailer, was unemployed, didn’t speak English and had no business experience.  It was through the Foundation that Elsa discovered that she could use her love of jewelry making to generate income for her family.
“It was the Foundation who taught me that I had a talent that I could use to start a business. They gave me the courage and inspiration that I needed to sell my jewelry in the marketplace."


The Foundation for Women is committed to ending poverty through microfinance.


The Foundation for Women is making a difference in communities with compassion, integrity, commitment and joy.