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Empowering Women After War

We provide self-sustaining solutions that give hope and change lives.

Our Mission

African Women Rising was founded in 2006 to empower women affected by war with the tools to rise out of extreme poverty. Rooted in the conviction that women should be active stakeholders in defining their own development strategies, African Women Rising builds on initiatives that the women themselves have started.

Our Belief:

  • Women are powerful agents of change
  • Sustainable impact comes from within a community
  • Simultaneous action creates synergy & sustainability


Our project outcomes and long-term impact have broad ramifications and include increased soil fertility, increased crop yields, better diet and nutritional intake, increased income for participants and increased access to healthcare and schooling.

Adult Literacy

Literacy is one of the greatest problems for the women that we serve. During the war many of these women were abducted, forced to fight, became girl mothers, or simply had to drop out of school to help their families cope with the effects of the conflict.

Girls Education

Our new Girls Education program increase access to primary and secondary education for girls in rural areas of the conflict-affected Acholi region of Northern Uganda.


Our Microfinance program provides women with access to capital and also emphasizes weekly savings. We help women become financially literate and provide support in business skills and basic record keeping.

Our Impact


women served through AWR’s holistic programming


of women in the program double their income and savings within one year


women completing literacy courses


of women in the program double their crop yields


children have increased access to education and healthcare and improved nutrition


women from AWR’s programs have run in local elections and won

To read our full participatory impact assessments, click below:

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