Eliminating Poverty by Elevating Women Entrepreneurs
Get to know World Encounter
Creates sustainable economic growth globally by providing capital, coaching, and community to women.
WE is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in St. Paul, Minnesota, Founded by Curt Rosen and led by CEO Emily Conroy.
Together, WE can make waves for women entrepreneurs
Our vision is a world in which empowered women entrepreneurs elevate communities and eliminate poverty through their inspiring economic growth.
Our mission is to create sustainable economic growth globally by providing capital, coaching, and community to women.
Providing global communities for women to grow in entrepreneurship, along with operating microloan and mentoring programs, in rural Tanzania, Africa.
A Community-Based Approach
Funding alone won’t solve the challenges faced by the women we help. With each microloan we provide to a woman in Tanzania, we also provide (and require) a peer-to-peer Support Circle and coaching for three years.
The result: 100% loan repayment success rate and a strong foundation for the businesses of our clients. Over 4,000 women served by World Encounter have transformed the lives of over 30,000 children and adults across 14 rural villages.
Our program recipients have grown their businesses in agriculture, trades, food & hospitality, and fashion/tailoring. Here’s a quick snapshot of a few of the women World Encounter has helped.
Itikisaeli used World Encounter to start a poultry business. A $60 microloan transformed her into one of the most successful entrepreneurs allowing her to give back to her community in big ways.
Ulumbi used World Encounter to launch a children’s clothing business so parents had access to the mandatory school uniforms. Now she owns a motorcycle and can cruise easily to other markets to expand her reach.