Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

Economic Opportunity

Geography: Global

Founded: 2008


PO Box 60519
London W2 7JU
United Kingdom

About the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

The charity was set up in September 2008 in response to Cherie’s experiences meeting women around the world and the realisation that, with the right support, women can overcome the challenges they face and play an important part in the economies and societies in which they work and live.

Supporting women in Africa, South Asia & the Middle East

We invest in women entrepreneurs so they can build and expand their businesses - and in doing so benefit not only themselves but also their families and communities. The Foundation focuses its efforts on Africa, South Asia and the Middle East in countries where women have made strides in education and have the potential to succeed in business but lack the necessary support.

Why focus on entrepreneurs?

Women who are financially independent have greater control over their own and their children’s lives. Economic security gives women a more influential voice in tackling injustice and discrimination in their communities and wider society.

Yet women entrepreneurs around the world still lack the business skills, technology, networks and access to finance they need to be successful in the long term. The Foundation provides support in these four key areas so that women can grow their businesses and create employment opportunities.

Working in partnership with local organisations, the Foundation develops programmes that build confidence, capability and capital in women. Given that women tend to invest 90% of their income back into their families, investing in women isn’t just good ethics, it’s sound economics.