Cherie Blair FoundationWe can make a difference to the lives of women in developing and emerging markets.
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is a charity that supports women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets so that they can in turn invest in their families and communities. Our vision is a world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole.Women who are financially independent have greater control over their own and their children’s lives.
Economic security gives women a more influential voice in tackling injustice and discrimination in their communities and wider society.Yet women entrepreneurs around the world still lack the business skills, technology, networks and access to financial services they need to be successful in the long term.
The Foundation provides support in these four key areas so that women can grow their businesses and create employment opportunities for others.Working in partnership with non-profit, private and public sector organisations, the Foundation develops programmes that build confidence, capability and capital in women. Empowering women to gain financial independence generates lasting impacts, since research shows that women tend to invest 90% of their income back into their families.
The Foundation focuses on developing women’s micro, small and medium enterprises into growing and sustainable businesses, supporting the development of what is commonly referred to as the ‘missing middle’ of the economy.We develop projects with sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face through three programmes: Enterprise Development ProgrammeMentoring Women in Business ProgrammeMobile Technology Programme