African Women Rising was founded in 2006 to empower women affected by war with the tools to rise out of extreme poverty. Rooted in the conviction that women should be active stakeholders in defining their own development strategies, African Women Rising builds on initiatives that the women themselves have started.
AWR’s programs strengthen and accelerate existing development solutions including local farming practices, informally organized savings groups, government-run schools and adult literacy programs. AWR makes catalytic, yet simple, inputs to ensure that these initiatives work better and faster to empower women and families to sustainably rise out of poverty.
We provide women with the tools to become financially literate and secure with access to the financial services they need to move out of poverty.LEARN MORE
Solution outcomes include increased soil fertility, increased crop yields, better diet and nutritional intake, as well as increased income.LEARN MORE
Our literacy centers equip thousands of women and men with the knowledge to invest in their future.LEARN MORE
We are committed to increasing access to basic quality education in rural areas of the conflict-affected Acholi region of Northern Uganda.LEARN MORE
War destroys physical assets, the ability to earn an income and the capacity to save money. Starting from scratch means a long road to financial security. For as little as $100 per person, AWR changes women’s lives by supplementing existing programs and systems already in place with additional knowledge, skills, and opportunities. Participants who complete the full graduation model have deeper change and higher ambitions.
Our research shows the synergistic program model works.