10 JULY 2019 / Empowering Women: the Most Effective Tool for Development

Empowering women through financial security sparks change that is about so much more than money. It enables women to gain greater control over many other aspects of their lives.

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Road to Women’s Business Growth program, piloted for a year in Nigeria, provided intensive training and support for hundreds of women business owners. Speaking with women one year after the end of the pilot, the London School of Economics’ Innovation Co-Creation Lab found that the Road to Growth model enabled women to boost their businesses and exercise positive change in their households, lives, and relationships.

Learn more about the enduring impacts of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s Road to Growth initiative in this report or watch this short video from some of the women they trained.
SNF recently supported a two-year project to develop and launch the next generation of the Business Women mobile app, a resource for women entrepreneurs.

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women helps release the potential of women entrepreneurs, empowering them to redefine the future. Through training, mentoring, knowledge-sharing, and technological tools, it helps women learn and to start and grow businesses. And it pushes for societal change to stop women being held back, to help them to reclaim the rights and freedoms they are too often denied.