Start Her Enterprise (SHE) is a community of change-makers determined to achieve gender equality, empower women and close the gaps in the world of work.

The Problem

In marginalised countries, where women are employed, they tend to work in low-quality jobs in vulnerable conditions and inadequately compensated employment.

According to the International labour organisation (ILO), When someone is employed or actively looking for employment, they are said to be participating in the labour force. The current global labour force participation rate for women is just under 47%. For men, it’s 72%. That’s a difference of 25%.

Regrettably, the consequences stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic projected a further escalation in these figures. It is important to acknowledge that the repercussions of uninhabitable work conditions and insufficient income for women extend well beyond individual circumstances, significantly impacting entire societies.

Our Vision

SHE exists to empower women, their families, and their communities, in countries most affected by poverty and disasters, through skills development, entrepreneurship training & mentorship.

We are working towards a future where all women have the opportunity to thrive, break down the barriers that stand between them and their full potential, and live within an inclusive global community.

The Solution

Our female entrepreneurs utilise our partnership approach by holding community meetings to support communities to undertake their own assessments, identifying their resources, capacities, vulnerabilities, challenges and to develop their own solutions based on the analysis.

Through this entrepreneurs are supported to unlock their enormous potential, develop their ideas further and look at business opportunities that would be viable based on their unique context.

Life is so sweet when you get to where you want to be, so keep being strong. Never give up, whatever situation you find yourself in today.

— Blessing O. Jacobs - Liberia

I love to cook, I love to help others, I love to let others feel the impact of what I'm doing. Whenever I'm doing something in a group, I like for others to feel like I'm impressive. I should make my impact felt.

— Diamond Wheaton - YMCA Liberia

I want to see the world where every woman and young girl is safe. They are open to speak their mind, to share their experiences without being judged. You know, we are always judged for what we do. So I want to see the world where young women can explore, young women can freely and openly speak their mind, and talk about challenges, talk about difficulties, talk about things, just talk about themselves, you know, freely, to talk about themselves without being afraid.

— Winnie Martor - SHIFSD, Safeguarding Officer

What can you do?

We are looking for investors and ambassadors to help drive change that reverberates through generations.