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June 12, 2012

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June 12, 2012

Being a volunteer at Women's Initiative has given me the tools to create a positive impact on someone's life. I have been able to work with both clients and staff members, and the benefits I have acquired are endless. WI does a wonderful job training and opening opportunities for women; I know this only because of the statistics but because our clients demonstrate it to us everyday!

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 5, 2012

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June 5, 2012

Women's Initiative for Self-Employment is an inspiring organization because of it's dedication to serving low-income, high-potential women with big dreams to be self-sustaining. Nearly every client that graduates from the business skills course will tell you how their experience amplified their socioeconomic success, personal confidence, and well-being. The wonderful, compassionate, intelligent staff keeps the organization and clients happy and fulfilled, deeming it a truly great non-profit focused on women's empowerment.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 1, 2012

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June 1, 2012

Women's Initiative is an incredibly inspiring and valuable organisation. It is inspiring because as a volunteer, i have met with some of their clientele who have testified of some the most powerful life changes they have gone through as a result of the program. They testify of dramatic changes in their quality of life (increases), of personal empowerment and how they have received much more than they ever anticipated. It is a valuable organisation because the low income clients they produce from their program contribute to the economy in a way they could not before. They create jobs and are in business extraordinarily longer than the national averages. I am not just lucky to volunteer for an organisation of this caliber, i am honored.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

In addition to providing business training and professional develop to clients, Women's Initiative for Self-Employment also empowers women leaders through a 10 week fellowship (this is open to both men and women). As a fellow, I participated in round table discussions with the CEO, received weekly trainings on micro-enterprise and non-profit management, interacted with clients during networking events, and collaborated on projects in a variety of departments. This was an incredible learning experience for me, as I was surrounded by their strong staff. At the end of my fellowship, I interviewed and wrote "Success Stories" on several local clients. Hearing first-hand accounts of ways Women's Initiative for Self-Employment helped them overcome personal and financial obstacles made clear to me the powerful tools gained through this program.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Oakland, where I live and shop. Many of the stores I frequent are owned or employed by graduates of this program!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 26, 2010

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May 26, 2010

Women's Initiative generates jobs, businesses, and higher incomes for bay area women, fosters entrepreneurship, builds community, increases self-esteem and promotes self-sufficiency. I worked with the Latina graduates of the 11-week business training program and saw the businesses they have started and maintained as a result. Women's Initiative clients tell me they could not have known how to write a business plan if it weren't for the training they received, and they could not have accessed financing if it weren't for Women's Initiative's loan and IDA programs.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

San Francisco and in Oakland, I've patronized the businesses owned and operated by Women's Initiative clients.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning about local microenterprise development and microlending.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

helpful, dedicated, and transparent.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide its business training in languages other than Spanish and English, expand to serve many more low-income women in other areas of the country, provide additional computer training.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 25, 2010

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May 25, 2010

What brought me to Women's Initiative was reading the Client Success Stories. The women who graduate from the course that is offered at Women's Initiative and start their own businesses are inspiring. In addition to the powerful stories and testimonials of our clients, our research team documents and studies the measurable outcomes of our program. This helps us to advocate for women entrepreneurs on the issues that affect them. We also provide business support after graduating, through SuccessLink, which offers resources and connections to help their businesses to thrive.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have visited businesses that were started after graduating from the Simple Steps program at Women's Initiative. I have read many inspiring Client Success Stories. I have been to a Graduation of a Simple Steps course.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 19, 2010

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May 19, 2010

The results that Womens initiative delivers are often clearly seen in the form of successful businesses, more local jobs, and a better standard of living for the women; while income is increased the vast majority of the time, it's the confidence and empowerment that really makes life better for these women. As a Fellow I conducted a number of interviews with graduates of the business education program, some who went on to start businesses and some who didn't but the common thread was that all learned a better way of life exists and that getting it is not as difficult as originally thought. WISE is also a microlending institution; I was a part of this group and saw first-hand that they treated the women with the utmost fairness and respect.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Women's empowerment, financially as well as many other walks of life. Business success. Continued mentorship and learning opportunities.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that I am working to bring about something so important, women's empowerment, but also seeing results. WISE keeps myriad statistics and their results are proven.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Helpful, respectful, genuinely kind-hearted, and eager to make to difference.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Expand operations and help thousands more women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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