In the developing world, empowering women, even those at the margins of poverty, brings forth vital talent and energy. Since women spend 90 percent of their earned income on their families, as compared to 30 – 40 percent for men, empowering women also means family empowerment.
Empowering girls provides for the future. If girls achieve education beyond grammar school, the risk of poverty for the next generation declines exponentially. If girls are trained about and treated for sexual abuse, violence against women decreases dramatically.
In the U.S., aid to women and girls living at the margin can turn lives around and enable productive futures. Homelessness and trafficking are two disastrous factors in women’s and girls’ lives that must be addressed.
Numbers Affected by LMF Projects
- 42 formerly trafficked young women will receive services
- 15 homeless senior women will have permanent housing
- 2500 reusable menstrual pads will be produced each year
- 1000 women farmers in Kenya are trained regarding clean water and energy
- 80 women in Uganda start businesses through micro-loans
- 5000 Indian youth learn ways to use criminal law to confront sexual violence
- 65 Nepalese girls learn about self-improvement, self esteem, and job opportunities
- 950 young women in Guatemala find out about family planning and reproductive health
- 65 Bedouin women participate in workshops about health issues.
- 72 girls in Bolivia receive therapy after sexual abuse
- 25 women in Tanzania are treated for obstetric fistula
- 38 girls in Kenya receive post-secondary internships
To learn more about these and other LMF grantees, please see Projects.
LMF has given OVER $150,000 in grants in three years. Grants range from $3000 to $5000.
In the developing world a small amount of money goes a long way encouraging women to step forward and often leading to further funding from other donors.
Countries And Locations
LMF has made grants in Africa, Latin America, South Asia, the Middle East/Europe and Washington, DC. Multiple grants have been made to a number of exceptional organizations and in a number of these countries.