100,000 Women Campaign success!
Over 100,000 women entrepreneurs supported; an enormous ripple effect of impact around the world.
We’re delighted to announce the success of our 100,000 Women Campaign! Together with our partners, between 2019 and 2022 we directly supported over 100,000 women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries to start, grow and sustain their businesses, creating enormous impact around the world.
In 2019 we set out with the ambitious goal of reaching 100,000 more women entrepreneurs by 2022, issuing a rallying call to companies, business leaders and philanthropists everywhere to take action to close the global gender gap in entrepreneurship.
When we formally launched the 100,000 Women Campaign at Davos, with the endorsement of Hillary Rodham Clinton, we knew this was an enormous undertaking. We didn’t foresee a devastating pandemic that would severely and disproportionately affect the businesses of countless women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries.
Yet, like these women entrepreneurs, we adapted and we persevered. And through dedication, innovation, vital funding and support, and the power of partnerships, we did it!
100,274 women supported
52 countries reached
There’s been a big improvement, a big growth from where we were to where we are now. Mampho Sotshongaye, HerVenture user
Our training and mentoring programmes build women’s skills, knowledge and confidence, opening up access to markets, networks and finance, and creating business growth and resilience. Reaching 100,274 women entrepreneurs means supporting 100,274 micro, small and medium businesses, generating positive results like increased staff, clients and profits, as well as wider outcomes such as greater innovation, stronger communities and economies, increased wealth and wellbeing for families and greater visibility of women as business leaders. In this way our Campaign touches the lives of millions of people around the world.
We want to thank everyone who contributed to this fantastic impact: our tireless founder Cherie Blair CBE KC, our incredible Global Campaign Board who have driven our work forward, and our dedicated partners around the world who share our vision.
Above all, we want to thank each and every one of the 100,274 women who trusted us to support their entrepreneurial journeys.
Meet some of the 100,000 women
Damilola’s story: lighting up Nigeria
Damilola's solar energy company is paving the way for a more sustainable future.
Shinta took part in all three of our flagship programmes through our WEAVE initiative. She gained new insights and networks that supported her to her Indonesian honey business to the next level.
Mercy’s Story: empowering women through agriculture
Agripreneur Mercy founded her social enterprise to create jobs for other local women during the pandemic. Our HerVenture app was there for her throughout.
Join us for the next stage in our mission
Our Campaign's success sets a strong precedent for our ambitious new strategy. We're significantly scaling up our work to reach one million more women entrepreneurs by 2030, rapidly accelerating progress for women across the world. You can help make our vision a reality.Partnerships Donate now Mentor a woman entrepreneur