Global Women's Economic Empowerment

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Helping women live better

Helping women live better is a defining issue for our world. Announced in 2011, the Global Women's Economic Empowerment Initiative will help provide more training, market access and career opportunities to nearly 1 million women, many on farms and in factories, ultimately allowing them access to the economic opportunity they deserve. Walmart is embedding this initiative within our business.

We will also support these goals with more than $100 million in grants from the Walmart Foundation and corporate donations, making economic opportunity for women one of the largest areas of focus for Walmart's philanthropic giving. Since the launch of this initiative, the Walmart Foundation has contributed more than $79 million in state, national and international grants toward these programs.

Here are some examples of recent funding in Africa:

Last year we accelerated the pace of training women farmers by partnering with leading NGOs and partners such as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In Uganda, our Walmart Foundation-funded project will reach 33,000 women vegetable growers, through a partnership with Mercy Corps. And by leveraging a Gates Foundation project with the World Cocoa Foundation, we’re reaching 50,000 women cocoa farmers in Cameroon, Ghana, Ivory Coast and Nigeria.
 
Outside of farming we’re also helping African women succeed in a working environment that demands new digital skills. Our e-commerce business linked up with the Walmart Foundation funded Samasource, a nonprofit organization aiming to connect unemployed women and young people to digital work, to train 10,000 women in Kenya and Uganda on critical digital skills that will increase their ability to compete in the global economy.

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation will fund further training for 135,000 farmers in Africa – 85,000 of whom are women. We will work in partnership with USAID and other NGOs to support the expansion of three important projects:

  1. USAID Rwanda’s Ejo Heza program, providing training to 50,000 farmers (30,000 of whom are women) on agricultural techniques. Training will emphasize production of corn, beans, dairy farming and horticultural crops.

  2. The Women’s Improved Marketing and Asset Control (WIMAC) project, reaching 45,000 farmers - 22,500 of whom are women. WIMAC will empower women farmers through building skills and leadership in agriculture, through training on improved production and post-harvest practices; and facilitation of market linkages between buyers, suppliers and service providers.

  3. The One Acre Fund program in Kenya, training 40,000 small farmers, including 28,000 women. The funds will enable these Kenyan farmers to improve their agricultural practices and improve market access, which is expected to double farm incomes, from around $135 to $270 in one planting season.  

The Walmart Foundation is accepting proposals from domestic (U.S.) 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations interested in empowering women through workforce development and/or higher education opportunities at both the state and national levels.  
We are not accepting unsolicited proposals for international women's initiatives at this time, but please continue to monitor this page for future funding opportunities.