Friends of Women's World Banking

Aims to empower rural women by giving them access to financial services

  • Started: 1981
  • Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Friends of Women's World Banking gives out loan and business assistance to Self Help Groups, Federations, Cooperatives and NGOs for economic inclusion Read more of women. As of now, it supports around 370 institutions of this sort and had served 17 states. It is present in four sectors-Agriculture, Education & Entrepreneurship, Water & Sanitation and Solar energy. Each program has different partners and funders, thus building a huge network. It also focuses on capacity building where it gives training to women about the tools, equipment and other resources related to the four sectors. The Agriculture Finance program, which started in 2007 provides loans to a body named- Farmer Producer Collectives. This body consists of farmers with small and marginal produce. Presently, 75 bodies are a part of the program and a total of Rs 570 million have been disbursed for the same. Under the Water & Sanitation program, it gives loan to Sanitation entrepreneurs through Micro Finance Institutions. It has disbursed a total of 45,000 loans of such sort. The Entrepreneurship program began in 2011 and business management training has been provided to 8300 women. The Solar Energy program started in the year 2009 with the help of SIDBI. It aims to give economical solution to areas where there is no electricity. This fund sustains around 80,000 solar lamps and lighting systems.


  • Livelihoods
  • Gender
  • Employment
  • Skill Development
  • Water
  • Funding & Investing
  • Agriculture
  • Sanitation


Project Location


Friends of Women's World Banking, India 101, Sakar-Building, Opp. Gandhigram Station, Ashram Road.

Offices in Cities

Chennai, Ahmedabad

Projects in States

West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Bihar, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi

Other Details

  • Type & Sub Type

    Section 8 (formerly Section 25)