Azalina Eusope, Owner of Azalina's
99% of program participants are low or extremely low-income
78% of program participants are women of color
40% of clients are Latina
28% of clients are African-American
21% are single parents
36% have a high school equivalency or less
13% have a documented disability
23% of our clients are over 50 years old
Graduates of our program are successfully running a wide range of businesses in high-growth industries including: leisure and hospitality, education, health and social services, retail trade, specialty manufacturing, and business services.
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Women's Initiative has been assisting high-potential
low-income women who dream of business ownership.
Through an intensive 20 session program
— in English or Spanish — women
are enabled to start, or expand their business.
Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs
Women's Initiative is a not-for-profit agency.
Our mission is to build the entrepreneurial
capacity of women to overcome economic and
social barriers and achieve self-sufficiency.
Women's Initiative has proven that women
create jobs for themselves and others, access
the mainstream economy, and increase their
economic self-sufficiency when they are
given business planning and financing support.
By assisting women-owned businesses throughout
the San Francisco Bay Area at our seven
training sites, Women's Initiative directly
contributes to the economic growth of communities.
Our graduates have started and expanded
over 1,600 businesses from photography studios
to catering companies and mechanic shops.
In 2006, 301 new jobs created by our graduates.
By targeting low-income women, focusing
on the needs of traditionally underserved
groups including minorities, immigrants,
and welfare recipients, Women's Initiative
brings new resources into local communities
in a unique model. Over half of the Women's
Initiative community participates in our
classes offered in Spanish through our Alternativas
para Latinas en Autosuficiencia (ALAS) program,
which boasts culturally competent services
and extensive networks that propel Latina
entrepreneurs into business success.
Help for Women
Juggling Business and Life
Women assess their businesses and entrepreneurial
readiness through our comprehensive business
management and personal development training.
Women's Initiative believes in ongoing support
— through SuccessLink graduates at
all levels of business are connected with
influential women in business, seminars
and coaching. Scholarships are available
for very low-income women to ensure that
no one is turned away for lack of financial
resources. Women's Initiative administers
a revolving loan fund, disbursing loans
ranging from $1000 to $25,000, and links
women with asset building opportunities,
including matched savings accounts called
Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) where
participants' have the potential to double
their savings for capital investments.
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