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.
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.
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.