CAUSE OF THE MONTH: Empowered Women International
Empowered Women International (EWI) is such a perfect cause for us to highlight because it’s all about helping women everywhere support themselves through entrepreneurship. EWI channels the entrepreneurial spirit, the arts, and the creative capital of talented and high-potential immigrant, refugee and low-income women into new jobs and small businesses.
The result? Since 2006, when they first launched their program Entrepreneur Training for Success, EWI has launched 120 small businesses and mentored, coached, showcased and promoted over 1,500 women artists and creative entrepreneurs.
EWI also has its own marketplace where entrepreneurs who’ve gone through their training program can showcase and sell their creations through festivals, events, and stores like Whole Foods Market.
Though it’s called Empowered Women International, much of the organizations’ work is focused in the United States, where they primarily support low-income and refugee women. It’s a cause that is near and dear to the founder, Marga Fripp’s, heart.
When Marga first immigrated to the US from Romania in 2001, she struggled to establish her new life in America, find work, and earn a living. She started to take classes at a local community college, where she found other women like her — immigrants who were having trouble translating their career successes in their homeland to success in the United States. A year later, in 2002, Marga launched Empower Women International as a support network and cultural exchange for women immigrants and refugees. And the rest, as they say, is herstory.
Want to support Empowered Women International’s work? Here are a few ways you can get involved:
Donate: Your money will help pay the fees for new women to participate in EWI’s Entrepreneur Training Program. If you’d like to financially contribute, we’ve got lots of suggestions for ways you can raise money!
Host a Party: Contact EWI and host a party for your friends where you have jewelry and other arts and crafts created by EWI entrepreneurs for sale! All the proceeds will go right back into the organization. Find out more here.
Volunteer: If you’re in the Alexandria, Virginia or DC area, you can be a hands-on volunteer. Find out more about EWI’s volunteer needs here.
Go Social: Use your social media savvy to spread the word about EWI by liking EWI on Facebook and sharing with your network of friends, following EWI on Twitter and retweeting interesting EWI news, following EWI’s Blog and commenting on posts, and asking a friend to sign up to receive EWI’s newsletter.