The Foundation for Women changes lives through microfinance, and by encouraging entrepreneurship as the solution to eliminating poverty. Since 1997 FFW has positively impacted more than a million women---and their families--- by funding microfinance programs in India, Zambia, Niger, San Diego and Liberia. The Foundation for Women is currently the registered NGO (non-governmental organization) in San Diego and Liberia.
FFW USA Microfinance Program
The San Diego Microfinance Program establishes loan groups in the poorest communities of the region, often those where refugee and immigrant women have settled. San Diego County has been designated by the California Department of Social Services as a "Refugee Impacted County" and is home to significant populations of refugees and immigrants from East Africa, Southeast Asia, South and Central America and Mexico. Through its partners (resettlement agencies), the Foundation for Women receives referrals for potential clients. FFW has opened several program centers including; El Cajon, Chula Vista , Spring Valley, City Heights and National City. More than 500 women have received loans of $250, $500 or $1000.
The Foundation for Women is a registered NGO and established microfinance program for impoverished women in Liberia. It is operating 27 centers in seven counties with over 1000 women borrowers. FFW expects to cover the country's 15 counties by 2012.
Average first loans are $100.