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deborah andfriendsLast week was the first time the three most affected West African nations recorded no new cases of Ebola since the unprecedented crisis began in March 2014.

According to the World Health Organization, there have been more than 11,000 deaths in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.  There is no assurance that the disease is complete.  Liberia had been declared free of the disease in May 2015 when a flare up occurred in June.  It is now disease-free for the second time.

The impact on Deborah and her sister Florence and cousins Mattie and Ingrid has been tremendous.  Schools were closed for six months.  Simple human touch – a handshake or a hug – has all but disappeared.  Deborah no longer shares her lunch or water with friends at school.  Her classroom holds fewer children, all of whom must sit further apart than before Ebola; many children have not returned to school.


The Foundation for Women Liberia’s Post-Ebola Recovery Program is underway.  Everything has changed in Liberia.  Now is time to really make a difference in a country where we have been working since 2007 and are regarded as a major force of social change.


Our goal is $50,000 by December 31, 2015 in support of our three microfinance products:  group loans, individual loans, and low-fee independent school loans.  

We have helped thousands of women and families in 250 communities across the country.  Help is needed now more than ever. 


Please be part of this Post-Ebola Recovery Program by:

Visiting and pressing “DONATE NOW”

By sending a check to FFW PO Box 2786 La Jolla, CA 92038

By calling Cory at 858.483.0400 to make a donation by phone

By contributing appreciated stock and receiving a tax- deduction from us

For every donation of $200 or more, we will send you an “Amazing Grace” bracelet made by women in Liberia where the average income is less than $1 per day.  





What We Do

The Foundation for Women is committed to helping women accomplish their dreams and reach their true potential.

Since the Foundation for Women was established in 1997, our organization has supplied eligible women with microfinance loans to help them start a business, develop job placement skills, or pursue education for themselves and their children.

What is the local problem/need?

  • Local poverty rate is at a 50-year high (San Diego County 2010 statistics)
  • 33% of 3.1m population is struggling with economic hardship living below 200% of FPL (Federal Poverty Level)
  • 14.8% (449,060) live below FPL
  • Of the 157,028 families living below FPL, 49% (76,944) are female-only head of household
  • 19% of children live below FPL
  • Poverty rates for African-Americans and Latinos are double that for Caucasians
  • California has designated San Diego County as a “Refugee-Impacted County”

What is microfinance?

  • Proven successful  microfinance programs make small loans for income-generating activities to those who cannot qualify for loans from traditional financial institutions
  • Microloan amounts typically range from $250 - $1,000 in the U.S. and $100 globally
  • Microloans provide access to capital to establish a small business or educational opportunities

Why focus on women?

  • Microfinance programs empower women
  • Empowering women is a cost-effective way to help families and communities work their way out of poverty with dignity, achieving greater rates of economic growth and social equity
  • A woman’s successful  participation in a microfinance program has positive impact on the health and welfare of children—as many as 5 family members share impact of loan program


What is FFW’s role?

  • FFW is the only organization in the U.S. reaching the poorest of the poor,  using the Nobel Prize-winning Grameen microfinance model as part of its approach
  • Since 1997, FFW has helped more than 1 million women and families with microloans in India, Zambia, Niger, Liberia, and the U.S.
  • In 2004, FFW expanded its microfinance efforts to directly serve very poor immigrant and refugee women in San Diego County
  • Since 2004, FFW has issued and managed loans to nearly 500 San Diego  women
  • After the loan is repaid, it goes back into the pool to be distributed, thus perpetuating the lending capital
  • FFW microfinance participants receive mentoring and education about financial and business management


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.