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Review for Empowered Women International, Inc., Alexandria, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I joined the Board of Empowered Women Internaitional in January, 2010. I knew from my experience with Marga Fripp that I was embarking on a first class journey of volunteerism and service for this extraordinary organization. I have never met anyone like Marga - her brilliance, her perseverence, her ability to motivate and lead. Empowered Women International, under the steady hand of Marga, has accomplished, with very few resources, more than is accomplished by much larger and more well-funded non-profit. Her work ethic is to never give up and to never stop reaching for the gold ring; her ability to connect with people has enabled her to reach out and assist hundreds and hundreds of immigrant women artists in the greater DC area. Her reach also extends throughout the community to churches, other non-profits, schools and shelters. Marga and EWI don't see limitations - they see opportunities that sometimes require mastery of an obstacle course, a challenge that Marga overcomes over and over again.

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

training of immigrant women to become contributing members of the community. I have taught skills to women who have then gone on to create products that provide them with a revenue stream, albeit small - a very important first step for these women.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

fund it more strongly. The only thing that EWI lacks is sufficent funding to carry out its remarkable mission to the fullest extent possible.

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How did you learn about this organization?

Marga Fripp has engaged with me through my full time job working with international visitors invited here by the State Dept.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

To continue to grow the number of immigrant women it can help to become self-sufficient.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To expand into other geographic areas, including internationally, with its programs of training, leadership and business development, and mentoring for immigrant women in need.

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Role:  Board Member & I fund raise; I teach basic skills classes to low-skilled women; I write proposals .