Women's Initiative has been assisting high-potential
low-income women who dream of business ownership.
Through our 10-week program women are enabled
to start, or expand their business.
Low-Income Women Entrepreneurs
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 three
training sites, Women's Initiative directly
contributes to the economic growth of communities.
Our graduates have started over 1,000 businesses
from photography studios to catering companies
and mechanic shops.
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.
Shop for Women Juggling Business and Life
Women assess their businesses and entrepreneurial
readiness through our comprehensive business
management and personal development training.
One-on-one technical assistance, peer support
networking groups, and ongoing business
support services ensure economic success
and business growth. Scholarships and stipends
for childcare and transportation 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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|Our Client Profile
Average age is 41
100% are low-income at program entry
96% are women
78% are women of color
46% speak Spanish as their first or only language
29% are single parents
15% are disabled