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.

 Numbers Affected by LMF Projects

  • 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.


Money Spent

LMF has given almost $135,000 in grants in three years.  Grants range from $3000 to $5000.

In the developing world a small amount of money goes a long way and encourages women to step forward.

Development flourishes when resources are provided early to launch women’s and community activity, often leading to further funding from other donors.


LMF has made grants in 12 different countries – 5 in Africa, 3 in Latin America, 2 in South Asia, and 2 in the Middle East/Europe. Multiple grants have been made in a number of these countries for a total of 27 grants.