Empowered Women International

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Established in 2002, Empowered Women International (EWI) creates jobs and economic opportunity for immigrant, refugee, and low-income women in the Greater DC Metro Area. EWI offers an effective model of economic empowerment through entrepreneurship training, mentoring, access to markets and capital, and highly individualized support services that remove women from unemployment and isolation. EWI has helped more than 3,000 women lift themselves out of poverty, transform their own lives, and contribute to their communities.


EWI enables women to pursue their passion and creativity through entrepreneurship and micro-enterprise development. EWI provides entrepreneurship training, mentoring, market access and support services to help talented and high-potential immigrant, refugee and low-income women monetize their creative or cultural assets, artistic abilities, knowledge and skills, and become change-makers in their families, communities and the world.


EWI believes in a world in which women are treated with respect and dignity.

We believe in a world in which women are valued and rewarded fairly for their creative abilities, cultural assets, knowledge, and skills.

We believe in the extraordinary power of the arts, entrepreneurship, women's voices and their cultural heritage to empower women, transform their lives and livelihoods, and build multicultural understanding.


Launch and grow women-run micro-businesses through entrepreneurship training, mentorship, business support services, loans applications and market access

Help women integrate, act as agents of change and improve their lives and livelihoods through community participation, civic engagement and cultural programs and events


Yearlong Entrepreneur Incubator formed by two programs: (1) Entrepreneur Training for Success, a three-month business start-up training and mentoring for 10-15 women/semester and (2) Grow My Business, a nine-month business acceleration including monthly group business advising, financial planning and advising, micro-loans applications

Business Services: Business Counseling, Coaching, Mentoring – Unemployed or underemployed women access our services every year in several key areas spanning strategic planning, product pricing and design, marketing, media strategies and applying for micro-business loans

EWI Marketplace: Bring products and services to market, and build a client base and create sustainable businesses through public and private sales/marketing events, an online sales catalogue, business showcase and connections with successful business people in their fields. Graduates are connected with entrepreneurs and new markets, and participate in networking and sales events, civic engagement opportunities and community and cultural events.


EWI uses the power of the arts, entrepreneurship, women's voices and their cultural heritage to empower women, transform their lives and livelihoods and build multicultural understanding. We help women integrate into the community and recognize their contribution to the fabric of our society.

EWI delivers a holistic model of empowerment through entrepreneurship training, mentoring and community service that builds women's confidence and leadership skills. Our comprehensive three-month entrepreneurship training coupled with follow on business coaching, marketing support and civic engagement opportunities help entrepreneur graduates create pathways to self-sufficiency and citizenship.

EWI's empowers the whole woman, not only teaching her the skills she needs to launch and grow a business, but using positive mentoring and peer-to-peer relationships to help women build confidence, leadership skills and become engaged members of our community.

Graduates of our programs not only become entrepreneurs, but changemakers in their communities giving back through volunteer service, mentoring and philanthropy.

EWI women micro-entrepreneurs contribute to a sustainable local economy and planet. Many launch micro-businesses in the arts, food, creative industries, education, wellbeing and the social sector. Despite the challenges they face, these women are innovative and relentless. They create businesses that solve community problems, generate innovative products, produce locally made food and teach, re-cycle and "up-cycle" products into art objects, and design local clothing, fashion and accessories.

All these micro-businesses create a stronger and more sustainable local economy, a thriving creative industry and a fertile ecosystem for female entrepreneurs.


Contact information

Date Founded: 2002

Government ID number: 32-0066071

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Phone: 571-312-4781

320 S. Henry Street, Alexandria, VA, 22314, US

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