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2014 Empowerment Grant Recipients

The Global Women's Leadership Network is pleased to announce Elenita San Roque, CEO of the Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions (Thailand) and Kristi Lozano, Financial Education Specialist at San Mateo Credit Union (USA) as winners of the 2014 "Empowerment Grant" that will be used to improve the financial status of women in their communities. In addition to a financial award, each of these women will receive technical support, expertise and guidance from their Global Women Network peers worldwide.

San Roque will work with the Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the Philippines to establish a Business Development Center that will play a crucial role in advancing women members' entrepreneurial and leadership skills as well as access to markets and information for micro and small enterprise developments (MSEs). Lozano's project aims to increase the financial and leadership skills of female high school credit union members and assist in their preparation to matriculate into a college or university.

Each of the scholars was asked to design a concept (see below) that would increase access to credit, loans, savings, and leadership opportunities for women in their communities. Network members voted on the proposals and World Council staff evaluated the potential projects on several criteria relating to the strength of the project, the financial needs of the project, opportunity for Network membership involvement and potential value to the community.

San Roque and Lozano will provide quarterly reports to the Network and include regular updates on how Global Women mebers may get involved with their projects directly. For additional questions about the projects, please contact Network Director Calyn Ostrowski at

2015 Empowerment Grant Application

2014 Empowerment Grant Proposals