The Ms. Foundation established CFWED in 1991 to support organizations helping low income women start and grow microenterprise, community-based, and cooperative businesses.
Since 1991 CFWED’s accomplishments include:
- mobilizing $10.5 million to help low-income women find the means to support themselves and their families;
- bringing together 40 individual, corporate and foundation donors over three grantmaking rounds in one of the first true national funding collaborations;
- contributing knowledge to the field of enterprise development through the publication of research and training manuals.