Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program

The Atlanta Women's Foundation’s Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program will allow AWF to award a total of $1 million over two years to eight local nonprofit organizations, focusing on higher education and asset building for low-income women in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett counties. AWF will also host annual workshops and trainings for the cohort. Through round-table discussions and presentations, participants will explore the challenges facing women and discuss the best ways to engage groups and individuals to build momentum and best practices on improving the well-being of women in Georgia. The goal of the trainings is to provide organizational capacity building, to encourage dialogue, cross-functional partnerships, and strategic alliances, and to foster collaboration among service providers.


AWF is grateful to The Coca-Cola Company for their support of the Breaking Barriers, Building Women: Economic Empowerment Program.

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Economic Empowerment Anticipated Outcomes :

2,000 women living at or below 200% of federal poverty guidelines will have access higher education and/or asset building opportunities.
90% of clients will begin enrollment in an undergraduate or technical school program within 4 months.
85% complete their coursework and graduate with a degree or certification.
75% will graduate and obtain full-time employment in their career fields and earning incomes 250% above poverty level.
65% of clients enrolled in microenterprise programs will receive microloans and will start and/or expand their own businesses.
75% of clients enrolled in homeownership programs will become homeowners.

2018 Grantees

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