Women Empowered (WE)
CFIE’s Women Empowered (WE) program supports the social and economic empowerment of women through community-based savings groups that help members save money, access credit, develop financial literacy and invest in income-generating activities. These women’s empowerment programs also promote skills building, self-esteem, access to information and resources, and community action that position women as confident decision-makers and leaders in their homes and communities.
WE group members gain public speaking and leadership experience, develop a greater sense of identity within the group, and use the economic empowerment gained through the savings and lending to save for the future and invest in businesses.
Since last year, CFIE has supported more women with savings groups programming in cities across Alberta. Women in our WE groups around the province have accomplished incredible feats such as purchasing farms on their own, mobilizing their communities for new classroom construction and installing electric utilities in their homes.
Across the cities we work in, where most of the working population relies on agriculture for income, drought and inconsistent rainfall can plague regions and leave smallholder farmers struggling to make ends meet. In times like these, women and children are hit the hardest. CFIE’s women’s empowerment groups help community members build their savings to weather these financial storms as well as give them a voice and community decision-making power to help prepare for and respond to these emergencies.
In every corner of the world, we’ve seen that when women are economically empowered and take on leadership roles, communities are forever changed.
FEM-Coding empowers female students in Alberta with the tech tools, knowledge, and resources to develop their coding skills. Technology education is considered by the organization to be the key to providing the women with “leverage in their fight for social, political, and economic equality.”
Key Facts About FEM-Coding:
- Aims to boost the statistic that rural Alberta women lacks enthusiasm in STEM programs.
- Aims to boost participation of minority women in computer programming.
- A donation of just $200 can provide a laptop to support an individual in their coding classes
- Serve a total of 2,000+ girls by 2021
- Provide means for 527 girls to attend the 2021 Girls in STEM Conferences