Two representatives from the Saint John Community Loan Fund (SJCLF) attended the Canadian Women’s Foundation (CWF) Grantee Meeting in Toronto on June 9th and 10th. Both Erin Gallagher, the former coordinator for the Enterprising Women Program – now on maternity leave, and Christina Allain, the new Micro and Social Enterprise Programs Coordinator, attended the meeting.
Erin and Christina participated in the discussions with various organizations across Canada that are also empowering women with self-employment programs. These discussions will contribute to the revaluation of the Enterprising Women Program, a self-employment training program for women experiencing barriers to starting a business.
Thanks to the CWF’s Economic Development Grant, the SJCLF developed the Enterprising Women Program in 2009 and has been delivering it ever since. Through the self-employment approach, women are helped to launch a small business by learning to develop their business idea, write a business plan, learn essential skills like marketing and sales, find a mentor, secure a loan, and much more. The program is now being reviewed and will receive a new cohort this next fall.
From 2009 to 2014, the CWF invested $4.5 million in 17 programs across Canada, helping over 2,500 low-income women begin their journey out of poverty. They also invested $2.6 million to build the capacity and skills of community groups that work with low-income women, strengthen networks, build leadership, evaluate our work, research new approaches, and work on long-term solutions to end poverty.
Christina is eager to discuss with other partners from the community in order to better the Enterprising Women Program. She is also working on developing a Social Enterprise Program as well which will be delivered in partnership with the Saint John Learning Exchange. Connect with Christina:
Micro and Social Enterprise Programs
Tel: (506) 652-5601