In Photos: Women’s economic empowerment in action

Basma Nazer runs a social enterprise called ‘Khoyoot’, translating as Threads, in Jordan. Basma’s Khoyoot Initiative creates partnerships with women in a refugee camp to produce hand embroidered products. The revenue from the sales is then used to fund more courses and initiatives within the camp. Basma was recently selected as a role model by CARE Jordan to tour the country and inspire other women who are thinking of setting up their own businesses. CARE Netherlands

Women’s economic empowerment means that women have the knowledge, tools and opportunities to unlock their full potential to earn and save money. Here are just a few of the amazing women we at CARE have had the privilege of working with and learning from over the years:

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PROLEMPA Project Impact

With support form CARE’s PROLEMPA project, supported by the Government of Canada, women in Honduras have received business training to help them market their products more widely and improve their sales. These amazing women are able to pay for their children’s education and create a bright future for themselves, their families, and communities.

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A ray of hope for refugee women in Uganda

Refugee women making masks in Uganda

For a group of women tailors located in a village in Uganda’s Bidibidi settlement zone, all has not been lost during the pandemic. Their story is a true reflection of the old adage “every cloud has a silver lining” thanks to CARE and support from UN Women.

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Ethiopia: Money Saved, Happiness Grown

Written by Jacquelyn Wright, Vice President of International Programs at CARE Canada How often do we think about money, whether it’s saving it, spending it, borrowing it, loaning it or investing it? I am pretty sure that is an everyday occurrence for most of us in Canada. It represents safety and security and even success…

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Serving tea in South Sudan: Mary’s story

By Mawa Seme, Program Officer, CARE South Sudan The sun is scorching hot, with temperatures reaching 35 degrees Celsius in the town of Pagak, Upper Nile State in South Sudan. A crowd of women and men is patiently waiting to be served the traditional South Sudanese spiced tea and coffee common to the area. In…

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A patient community: Ramatou’s story

Seated in a circle around a savings box on a sand floor in the village of Hamdallaye in Niger, 24 women have found their way out of poverty – together. By Therese Leine Sogard Can “number seven” please approach? “Number seven” stands up from the patterned straw mat, rubs away the folds in her pink…

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“Everything has changed”

People in north-eastern Ethiopia say they have never experienced conditions as extreme as the current drought caused by El Niño. “Sixteen of my cows have died. It won’t be long before the others go too. Unless God does something to stop it, I will soon follow myself” says Halima Galeli, a single mother of five.…

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