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When women come together and support one another, we all rise.

Despite representing half the population, women are disproportionately affected by hunger and poverty and their underlying causes. At Heifer International, we believe women have limitless potential, but limited opportunity. By equipping and empowering marginalized women with resources and training, we are ensuring they have the means to live sustainable livelihoods and are reaching leadership positions at every level.

17%

If women had the same access to resources as men, they could reduce the number of hungry people in the world by up to 17 percent.

$10

An increase of $10 to a woman's income has the same improvement in children's nutrition and health as an increase to a man's income of $110.

4 hours

On average, women and girls spend four hours a day retrieving water. Many girls cannot go to school because of this.

What does empowering women look like in a Heifer project?

What does empowering women look like in a Heifer project?

Look no further than the self-help group in the village of Khayarmara, Nepal.

About two years ago, the women in Khayarmara heard their local government had committed about $5,200 to the village's Heifer project. They were excited to put the funds into their group savings—an account self-help groups use to loan money for things like small business loans or home improvements. But five months after the promise of money was given, they had not seen one rupee.

Outraged, a group of women self-help group leaders came together and sent a delegation to the next government committee meeting. They waited for the meeting to adjourn. When the committee members stepped outside, the women would not allow them to pass, demanding to know where their funding had gone.

Not only did they demand an accounting, they demanded to know how the committee was spending the entire budget. If no account was made available, they said, they would launch their own investigation into the matter. Under pressure, the committee relented.

These women did this of their own volition. They credited their motivation to Heifer's trainings on gender equity and the other 12 Cornerstones for Just and Sustainable Development. So, it's true. When women come together, entire communities stand to benefit. Are these the strong women you identify with?

You can take our quiz to find your tribe of women. Then, learn about more women around the world who encourage their families and motivate their communities to make positive changes—just like you.

Who's standing behind you?

  • "I am inspired by the women that came before me – who couldn’t achieve their dreams but paved the way for others. My mom was told she couldn’t be a successful engineer and have a family. She sacrificed her chosen career so she could raise strong powerful children who could succeed in ways she never dreamed possible." -Linda Rogers
  • "I am inspired every day by the woman I work with. They are smart, sharp, dedicated, kind and supportive. They are a constant reminder, whether they know it or not, that my success is controlled by me. I know they will always push me to reach my potential." -Bethany Hermes
  • “I am inspired by my coworker, Marcia. She is an incredible woman, wonderful friend and fabulous mentor. She sets a high bar and positive example in how she treat others, her professional conduct and not being afraid to dream big. I am very lucky to have her in my life.” -Ellen Brown
  • “My inspiration is my Gram. At the age of 35, and with 5 children, she followed her dream of becoming an RN and enrolled in nursing school in the early Sixties. Despite the challenges, she achieved the top exit exam score in the state of Arkansas her graduating year, and spent the next 30 years as a wonderful and gifted neonatal nurse.” -Suzanne Munson
  • "My inspiration is my next door neighbor, Chris. She never ceases to show me how kindness is beautiful, how everyone is worth my time, how giving is better than receiving. The world is better because she exists." -Mandy Hornbuckle
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