Partner Spotlight: Women’s Earth Alliance

Women’s Earth Alliance (WEA) works with local leaders to design capacity-building trainings where women share skills and tools in technology, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. Based in California, WEA has implemented over 100 women’s environmental and entrepreneurship projects in eighteen countries – training, funding, and catalysing 5,000 women to advance safe water, clean energy, regenerative farming, women’s land rights, and more.

WEA’s mission is to equip women with the skills and tools they need to protect the earth and strengthen communities. They liaise with local leaders who mentor other women. The trained women get the Launchpad to launch their own environmental projects, once they have been received training and access to funding, and mentorship.

In 2015, WEA launched a partnership with Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Environment (WISE) to hold capacity-building trainings for women leaders from Kaduna State in Nigeria to promote and sell clean cookstoves. WEA and WISE are working to improve the health and safety of women, reduce deforestation, and increase household savings. This has been made possible through trainings that include clean cookstove business training, leadership, advocacy skill development, and financing required for clean cookstove purchasing. The training aims to directly equip 30 women to launch clean cookstove enterprises, reaching 13,000 people in Kaduna, Nigeria.

“As a young child, barefoot women and girls carrying heavy containers of water on their heads, walking long distances under the searing sun were a common sight. The reality of this stayed with me, and I knew I would do something about it someday.”

— Olanike Olugboji, WEA Founding Mother, Project Leader

The mission of WEA’s work is clear: When women thrive, communities, the environment, and future generations thrive.