Initiative for the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs Project (IEEWEP)

In 2008, Africare began IEEWEP with funding by ExxonMobil. The goal of the project was to increase women's income and participation in local business in Southern Chad.

Initiative for the Economic Empowerment of Women Entrepreneurs Project (IEEWEP)

In a society that relies heavily on agriculture, IEEWEP streamlined the way women farmed and took their goods to market by training them on better agricultural practices and opening two new agro-processing centers. In the past three years, more than 1,000 women have worked through a graduated business development project, which has diversified their income sources and increased their annual income by approximately 70%.

Africare developed a vocational training center in the city of Doba to offer basic training in literacy, numeracy and business management skills. The training center also serves as a central location for administering and monitoring the development of project supervisors (trainers). By the end of the project, Africare will fully equip the center with appropriate low-maintenance tools to facilitate hands-on training and activities.

In a place once considered to be among the toughest in the world to be a woman, Africare’s partnership with ExxonMobil has empowered women by providing them with opportunities for personal development, access to microfinancing and leadership training. IEEWEP is evidence that a commitment to empowering women and giving them the tools to succeed can produce concrete, measurable and sustainable results.


  • ExxonMobil Foundation

    United States | Staff size: Unknown
    The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of the Exxon Mobil Corporation in the United States.
  • Africare

    Implementing NGO, Advocacy NGO
    United States | Staff size: 501-1000

    Africare is one of the most experienced and largest African-American led non-profit international development organizations, and they are leaders in development assistance to...

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Key Information

LocationChad, West Africa
  • Start Date 2008