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Economic Self-Sufficiency

Our programs provide tools for women, many of whom are under great stress, toward self-sufficiency and self-actualization, helping them to take control of their financial lives and fine-tune their professional skills.

Problem

During the recent economic crisis, women were disproportionately affected by layoffs and downsizing. Women who were already financially supporting multigenerational families were strong-armed into waiving their unemployment rights.

Solution

Project Kesher supports 13 award-winning Mara Schwartz ORT Keshernet centers in Belarus, Georgia, Russia, and Ukraine that train women in financial best practices and technological skills to stay relevant in the workplace.

The centers have graduated over 62,000 women at a cost of less than $100 per woman.

The goal is to help women gain job skills and financial self-sufficiency, to protect themselves and their families.

Program Highlights