Global Fund for Widows

Empowering Widows around the World
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OUR IMPACT
17,129
Widows
Empowered
49
Micro-Banks
Built
40,495
Children
Impacted
5,320,000
Meals
Served

Why Widows?

In the developing world, widows suffer 3 main violations of their rights:
Disinheritance
  • Prevented from rightful inheritance, including things brought into marriage or contributed during married years
  • May become part of estate and inherited herself
Discrimination
  • Prevented from accessing rights
  • Prevented government entitlements
  • No access to justice
  • Social stigma, shame, & taboo
Harmful practices
  • Subjected to cleansing rites including cutting, and scarring
  • Subjected to intense sexual violence
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PROGRAMS

We are Building Banks!

Global Fund for Widows is proud to introduce the WISALA (Widows’ Savings and Loan Associations), bringing innovative community banking solutions to the world’s most marginalized, widows.
Created specifically to offer financial access to widows and female heads of households, the WISALA allows previously unbanked widows to enter into group savings and loan associations by making an initial capital investment into their savings group, effectively capitalizing their small savings and loan institution. In return for the investment, the widows own shares in the bank, granting them co-ownership status.
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ABOUT

Where we help

We are dedicated to empowering widows and female heads of households to overcome poverty, achieve financial stability, self-sufficiency and accountability across the developing world.
Map showing where Global Fund for Widows helps round the world
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Are you a registered non-profit? The Alliance for the Last Woman First is the ONLY Global Alliance working to secure WIDOWS’ rights.
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