Partnership with Women for Women International
In 2008, Bloomberg Philanthropies partnered with Women for Women International in Rwanda to create economic opportunities for women and their families through skills-building and vocational training. In 2009, we expanded our investment into the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Sudan. Since 2008, over 235,000 women have enrolled in Bloomberg-funded programs and received training on financial literacy, health and wellness, and rights awareness. Each participant receives an individualized program plan that leads to a vocational track such as artisan crafts, agriculture, or construction.
Social Investment Report
A Look at Women for Women International
This report shows the Women for Women International model demonstrated positive impacts for both program graduates and their communities in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
MODA: The Women’s Opportunity Center is featured in the “Design for Good: Architecture for Everyone” exhibit at the Museum of Design Atlanta
CNN: The Women’s Opportunity Center in Rwanda supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies Featured on CNN for Women’s Contributions to Society
Women for Women International: To Grow A Peaceful Future in Rwanda, Invest in Women
Women for Women International: Thinking Ahead: Women for Women Rwanda in 2021
Marking the 10th anniversary of partnership with Women for Women International
Women’s Opportunity Center – Built By and For Women
To fulfill the core mission of job creation and income generation, women received training in construction and a method of brick-making called “sand-molding.” A cooperative of 250 women learned the technique and created the 520,000 bricks that were used to construct the center.
Watch how the Women’s Opportunity Center was designed from afar and then built by and for women in Rwanda
The women in the construction and brick-making business training program have secured multiple contracts, including building a local hospital and school. Since our investment in 2013, the brick cooperative has permanently employed 200 women.