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Women's Empowerment and Social Capital

Investing in women around the world

Investing in women is key to ending hunger and poverty. And it’s at the very center of our community development approach.



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Supporting Changemakers

Supporting Entrepreneurs

When women have control over their assets and incomes, they reinvest in their families.

Everyone eats more nutritious food. Kids go to school. Families get better access to health care.

That’s why we invest in women farmers and business owners, equipping them with the tools and expertise they need to make their businesses thrive and grow.

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Financial independence

We support women to improve their products and sell them for higher prices. We work with them to build their confidence so they can find new markets for their goods, and make their voices heard in their communities.

And we connect them to other farmers, business owners and entrepreneurs to build inclusive markets that create new opportunities for others.

Because when they have their own sources of income and can decide how their money is spent, the impact on their families and communities is truly transformational.

See how women are investing back into their communities

Learn more about Empowering Women Farmers in Nepal.

Empowering Women Farmers in Nepal

Heifer works with farmer cooperatives to improve financial management and link them to distribution markets

Learn More About Empowering Women Farmers in Nepal
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Learn more about Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project, Guatemala.

Women’s Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Project, Guatemala

By identifying local market demand and providing support and training, Heifer International and partners are paving the way for women to earn living incomes.

Learn More About Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project, Guatemala
Women's Empowerment and Entrepreneurship project, Guatemala
Learn more about Rural Entrepreneurs Project, Mexico.

Rural Entrepreneurs Project, Mexico

In this partnership with the Walmart Foundation, Heifer empowers women farmers across Mexico through training, finance and providing connections to formal markets where they can sell their products.

Learn More About Rural Entrepreneurs Project, Mexico
Rural entrepreneurs in Mexico

Our Work Areas

Learn more about Food Security and Nutrition.
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Food Security and Nutrition

With increased productivity of livestock and crops, farmers provide for their families and improve the health of their communities.

Learn more about Risk Mitigation and Resilience.
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Risk Mitigation and Resilience

We help people forge the first connections so that they can shift from subsistence to sustainability – from reliance on others to resilience.

Learn more about Environmental Sustainability.
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Environmental Sustainability

We believe women-led, small-scale farming is the future of our economy and our relationship with the Earth.

Learn more about Economic Development.
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Economic Development

We work with farmers and their communities to identify opportunities within value chains that deliver living incomes.