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Women's Bank supports women's sustainable entrepreneurship and livelihood in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Women are in the center of our work, and by supporting the woman we support her family and community as well.

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What is Women’s Bank?

Women’s Bank supports the livelihoods of women in fragile contexts. We are a network of monthly donors and shareholders, active volunteers, and business partners, all committed to a more just and sustainable world. Finn Church Aid, the largest organization for international aid in Finland, manages the Women’s Bank funds as well as executes all projects.

The core of Women’s Bank’s work

Our Dream

More and more women have been able to lift themselves up from poverty, more and more families have secure access to food, there are more and more happy communities, and people from around the world have united to achieve this dream.

Our Mission

Women’s Bank supports women’s livelihoods in Africa, Asia and the Middle East according to the principles of sustainable development.

Our Values

Resourcefulness and resilience are needed in the times of hardship, joy encourages us to keep going, mutual respect and cohesion help us to move forward, action turns hope into reality, transparency creates trust.

Women’s Bank supports women’s livelihoods and entrepreneurship

The idea behind Women’s Bank is crystal clear. We aim to provide opportunities and improve conditions for entrepreneurship and livelihood for women in fragile positions. We strive for sustainability in all our work. By specializing in this area of work we are able to create more significant results.

Women’s Bank work is reliable and transparent

All Women’s Bank projects are closely monitored and we strive for active communication about their results. There are regular reports on the project outcomes and they are free to read in the Women’s Bank material bank. Annual reports from the year 2018 can be found here. Our projects and local partners are carefully selected. In the initial phase of projects we make sure that donations are used towards the project and create the desired change.

Women’s Bank financial reports are published every month, and they are openly accessible for anyone here.

Women’s Bank does not do missionary work

Women’s Bank is a part of Finn Church Aid, the largest organization for international aid in Finland. Finn Church Aid manages the Women’s Bank funds, carries out fundraising, and supports the volunteer network. In addition, all Women’s Bank projects are executed by Finn Church Aid and their local partners. The selection of project regions and methods of support is done jointly by Finn Church Aid and Women’s Bank.

According to the Finn Church Aid principles, the development cooperation work in Women’s Bank projects includes all people regardless of their religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, and political stance. Our goal is to help people, not to persuade them to change their religion, political views or beliefs. This is an absolute principle in all Finn Church Aid work.

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