Together

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

A history of delivering

SHE is part of Y Care International and the global YMCA movement. We’ve been creating positive change for young people for over 175 years.

Long term impact

SHE isn’t about quick wins. Developing the world’s future business owners takes time. SHE partners with local organisations to help women overcome the challenges they encounter and helping them to leave behind a legacy of long-lasting change.

At SHE, we are doing development differently. This represents a paradigm shift in the way we approach social and economic progress. It signifies a departure from traditional top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches to development. Instead, it emphasises adaptability, flexibility, and inclusivity. Doing development differently acknowledges that solutions must be context-specific, involving local communities and stakeholders in the decision-making process. It encourages experimentation, learning from failures, and scaling up successful innovations. Ultimately, doing development differently seeks to create sustainable change that respects local cultures, values, and priorities, recognising that every community has a unique path to development – as does every person.

Long term impact

SHE isn’t about quick wins. Developing the world’s future business owners takes time. SHE partners with local organisations to help women overcome the challenges they encounter and helping them to leave behind a legacy of long-lasting change.

At SHE, we are doing development differently. This represents a paradigm shift in the way we approach social and economic progress. It signifies a departure from traditional top-down, one-size-fits-all approaches to development. Instead, it emphasises adaptability, flexibility, and inclusivity. Doing development differently acknowledges that solutions must be context-specific, involving local communities and stakeholders in the decision-making process. It encourages experimentation, learning from failures, and scaling up successful innovations. Ultimately, doing development differently seeks to create sustainable change that respects local cultures, values, and priorities, recognising that every community has a unique path to development – as does every person.

How SHE works

SHE partners with local partners and engages with communities to challenge and address the barriers of female unemployment.

Through this approach, our local partners support women through business entrepreneurial skills and training, to define their own path to realise their full potential. Since solutions become social enterprises that tackle challenges within communities, we believe that these women hold the key to unlocking their potential. At SHE we are committed to championing women through their journey of business ownership. Our core mission revolves around propelling women's professional advancement.

Together we are creating a sustainable network of resilient and flourishing business owners.

Where we work

Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe used to boast one of the best records for health in Africa but in recent years political and economic crises have brought rising poverty and social decline in their wake.

In Zimbabwe SHE works with local organisations to support people in rural areas to develop sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.

Uganda

Despite almost halving the national poverty rate in the last 20 years, poverty remains high in Uganda’s rural areas where 87% of the population live. SHE is working with local organisations to educate rural communities on issues such as sexual and reproductive health, and gender relations

Malawi

We are working in partnership with inspiring local organisations in the Chikwawa and Nsanje regions of Malawi.

Malawi is one of the most impoverished countries in the world. While making progress, having held five peaceful presidential elections since 1993 and achieved steady growth in GDP, around 50% of the population still live below the international poverty line. SHE is working with local organisations committed to seeing long-term and transformative change in the communities they work in.

Liberia

SHE is working with YMCA Liberia in the West Point slums area to help empower young women and get them back into work following the devastation of the Ebola outbreak...

Sierra Leone

With Sierra Leone ranking as one of the poorest countries in the world SHE is working tirelessly with our local partners to tackle the huge youth unemployment rates.

SHE Wins

'SHE Wins' is our quarterly newsletter with stories of change from business owners about the successes and challenges of their journeys. This is an opportunity for you to walk alongside them and witness the outcomes achieved through your investment.