Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is based in London with a global reach and it is run by a dedicated team overseen by a board of trustees.
The charity was set up in 2008 in response to Cherie’s experiences meeting women around the world and the realisation that, with the right support, women can overcome the challenges they face and play an important part in the economies and societies in which they work and live.
Their 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 finance 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.
Working in partnership with local organisations, the Foundation develops programmes that build confidence, capability and capital in women. Given that women tend to invest 90% of their income back into their families, investing in women isn’t just good ethics, it’s sound economics.
Fostering role models for future generations
Their mission is to provide women with the skills, technology, networks and access to finance that they need to become successful small and growing business owners, so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.
Working in partnership with non-profit, private and public sector organisations, they develop projects with sustainable solutions to the challenges women entrepreneurs face through three programmes:
- Enterprise Development Programme
- Mentoring Women in Business Programme
- Mobile Technology Programme
They help fill the gap in the economy known as the ‘missing middle’ – small and growing businesses. The women we work with have the potential to take the next step towards becoming successful entrepreneurs or are running small businesses that have already had some success but are struggling to sustain their position or expand. By focusing on the women who have already achieved a level of success, they’re helping women to create employment opportunities and contribute to their economies.
Working with local partners
They work together with local organisations, jointly developing projects to help women start and expand their businesses. With a combination of country specific projects and global programmes, they provide women entrepreneurs around the world with business skills, technology, network opportunities and access to finance.
They do not accept unsolicited grant applications. Instead, they work together with their local partners to develop projects in line with our mission statement. They work within a global community of organisations aiming to economically empower women and they welcome new knowledge partners. See more