Our 2015 Impact At-A-Glance
As any entrepreneur knows, numbers don’t tell the whole story, but they do convey an important part of it. Data gives a sense of what’s going well and where we want to grow.
Empowered Women International proudly relies on measurable outcomes and data to guide our programming, along with a personal connection at the heart of our work to the needs of the women we serve. Even amidst much change and growth, 2015 was an incredible year of impact.
Below is a snapshot of way the EWI community is creating change—by the numbers.
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EWI Programs and Clients Served
- 82 women graduated from Entrepreneur Training for Success (ETS), our flagship training program for aspiring women entrepreneurs. They received instruction and guided experiences to orient them to the key areas of entrepreneurship, culminating in a written business plan and 3-minute pitch.
- 12 women graduated from Grow My Business (GMB), a 6-month program that led entrepreneurs to accelerate business growth. These remarkable entrepreneurs worked on increasing sales, designing a business structure, obtaining licenses, launching social media presences, creating marketing collateral, increasing personal income, and completing at least one microloan application.
- Through our Entrepreneur Support Services program, over 360 women received business support through mentoring and coaching, workshops, and referrals to our partner network.
- EWI women entrepreneurs have given back to EWI over 220 hours by mentoring other women and/or serving as guest speakers at EWI courses and programs. In addition, they have donated over 300 hours to the community by volunteering at other organizations including the DC 4-H chapter, Bridges 2 Independence and Together We Bake.
- EWI created “Entrepreneur Pathways for Women” as an umbrella for its training, mentoring and support services, recognizing the pathway women travel on their road to upward economic mobility, self-sufficiency and empowerment.
Impact of EWI’s Programs
Women entrepreneurs achieved the following outcomes as a result of participating in EWI’s programs:
- 82 created business plans
- 71% increased their economic mobility after program completion via increased income, securing a job, or enrolling in an additional educational program
- 37% reported an increase in income
- 16% of the women who were unemployed at intake obtained employment during the course of the program
- 14% received a microloan
- 42% increased sales after completion of their entrepreneurship program
Events and Community Outreach
- EWI hosted 40 events, impacting 4,000 community members, including business plan pitch celebrations, graduations and our annual Artisan Food & Gift Marketplace. The 2015 in Silver Spring, MD featured 35 entrepreneurs who welcomed over 400 buyers and visitors.
- EWI hosted 15 skill-building workshops, attended by 75 women entrepreneurs and other women in the community. Designed to supplement the ETS and GMB coursework or introduce entrepreneurship and workforce readiness basics, this year’s highlights included personal finance, building a marketing strategy, and networking with confidence.
- Staff and volunteers attended over 80 community events to extend EWI’s community presence, network with like-minded community members and address local community and business audiences. The EWI story was shared with over 5,000 community members.
Operations and Volunteers
- EWI provided professional development to 16 undergraduate and post-grad women via fellowships and internships. These opportunities provide future leaders with intensive experience in small nonprofit operations, while contributing substantially to EWI’s service delivery and organizational capacity. Interns donated a total of nearly 5,000 hours, estimated at an overall in-kind value of $120,000.
- EWI engaged over 200 passionate volunteers who donated a total of 7,000 hours, representing a total in-kind value of over $200,000. These volunteers provided essential support for grant writing, graphic design and marketing, video and photography, IT, and administrative support.
- EWI relies heavily on volunteer mentors, trainers, and guest speakers to provide vital education and guidance to our entrepreneurs. A total of 241 professionals volunteered support to EWI women with 1,200 hours of service, for a total in-kind value of over $200,000.
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Here’s to the incredible entrepreneurs, donors, volunteers, and staff that make this possible. And here’s to great things to come in 2016!