Women’s Economic Development
Committed to the core belief that women are central to economic growth, the Women’s Economic Development program partners with governments, nonprofits, and the private sector to create opportunities for women that lead to economic independence.
Since the inception of the program in 2007, over half a million women have enrolled in training programs, directly benefiting more than two million people.
The New Times: FEATURED: Women coffee farmers graduate from innovative training program
Expo 2020 Dubai: Sustainable Growers is spotlighted at Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme Promoting Women Coffee Farmers
CNN: The Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Was Featured on CNN for Women’s Contributions to Society
Hands to Heritage: Leaders, Elected Officials Unveil Sweetgrass Basket Display at Charleston International Airport
Participants of Hands to Heritage featured on Good Morning America
Complex: Designer Greg Lauren Celebrates American Identity by Honoring Small Community of Black Quiltmakers from Gee’s Bend, Alabama
The New Times Rwanda: Question Coffee Center wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Top 10% of Restaurants Worldwide
Elle: Tracy Reese on how the fashion industry can become truly anti-racist
MODA: The Women’s Opportunity Center is featured in the “Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone” exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta
Partnership with Women for Women International
Since 2008, Bloomberg Philanthropies has worked with the nonprofit Women for Women International to train women in marketable skills so they can increase their incomes and support their families.
Partnership with Sustainable Growers
Since 2013, Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested in the innovative training of coffee farmers and producers, bringing smallholder farmers up through the coffee value chain. These long-term investments have led to a partnership with Sustainable Growers, home of Question Coffee Café & Roastery, a social enterprise, and the Coffee Training Academy.
Investment in Equal Footing
Since 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies has supported the development of Equal Footing, a data mapping platform tracking the funding landscape in Africa.
Partnership with Library For All
Since 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies has partnered with Library For All, now home of NABU, an online learning system that has expanded to 18 countries, to build and maintain a digital library to deliver quality educational materials to students in developing countries and expand their access to digital reading materials in local and international languages.
In Rwanda, Bloomberg Philanthropies partnered with Library For All and the Imbuto Foundation, founded by the First Lady of Rwanda, to increase the literacy of 20 million school-aged children.
Partnership with Nest
In 2014, Bloomberg Philanthropies invested in the non-profit Nest to build the capacity of the organization to reach artisans and create market access for this unrecognized global workforce.
Partnership with CARE
In 2020, Bloomberg Philanthropies partnered with CARE to increase women farmers’ income and agricultural productivity through collective investments in Village Savings and Loan Associations.
Partnership with African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative
In 2021, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the African Women Entrepreneurship Cooperative partnered to support women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Top photo: Women enrolled in Bloomberg Philanthropies funded training programs.