Help First-Time Moms Create a Better Life for Themselves and Their Children
Research indicates that 30 percent of households are female-headed, yet represent 53 percent of households in poverty. WiNGS is addressing the reality of women’s lives and current lack of sufficient provisions to help women escape poverty.
Intervening to help women and families escape poverty is critical to the future of our children and our community. Studies have linked poverty to smaller brain surface areas, supporting evidence that growing up poor hinders brain development and leads to poorer performance in school.
WiNGS takes the challenge of impoverished women's financial literacy, fluency, and well-being head on and empowers women to break out on their own as bold entrepreneurs and cultural changemakers. WiNGS guides women through this journey with three core programs: 1) Finance & Career: women learn how to stabilize and grow towards financial goals, whether that's purchasing a home or paying off debt, 2) Women's Enterprise: women gain an entrepreneurial mindset and the courage to strike out into their community with a business venture, and 3) Nurse-Family Partnership: it can be difficult to regain your financial footing as a first-time mom, so WiNGS provides trained nurses to help mothers between pregnancy to two years old.
WiNGS has dramatically improved women's self-sufficiency and financial well-being. Last year, women grew their savings an average of $2,372, while others reduced debt by $2,980. Also, 10 graduates launched or grew their own small business, while another 85 enterprise training members took first steps towards starting a business.