Women everywhere are marginalized and face educational, cultural and financial challenges that make it difficult to fully participate in and contribute to their communities. World Encounter is committed to serving and empowering women facing these challenging conditions.

Women have the right to access capital. All around the world, but especially in developing nations, money is overwhelmingly concentrated in the hands of men. Empowering women to start businesses and manage their finances is an act of justice, breaking entrenched patterns of female and family poverty.

Around the globe women:

  • Make up 2/3 of the world’s illiterate
  • Perform 2/3 of the world’s work
  • Earn 1/10 of the world’s income
  • Own less than 1% of the world’s property
  • Invest 90% of their income back into the family—World Bank Statistics based on various studies and reports

Women who participate in microloan programs are empowered. Women in peer-lending circles can raise their families and even their entire villages out of cycles of poverty.

World Encounter brings hope and opportunities to women and their families across rural Tanzania.



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