AWIU Grants

Central to AWIU’s mission is its commitment to strengthening the work of women across the world through grants. At its inception in 1968, AWIU issued grants for individual women, which enabled them to travel to the United States for study.  In recent years, with such great changes in travel and communications, AWIU’s grant program now focuses upon issuing micro-grants to women’s groups, or groups which enhance the wellbeing of women within a developing country. We prefer to fund time-limited projects which provide women with opportunities to enhance their health, education, or entrepreneurial skills. The projects should be as concrete as possible and have a multiplier effect, allowing women to pass on their skills to other women.

International Women of Courage Grants

AWIU continues to provide individual grants to the women whom the State Department designates as International Women of Courage.

2019 Grant Award Decision Timeline

The Grants Committee accepts grants throughout the year. However, we review and do the necessary due diligence for awarding a grant only in certain months of the year. Our Grants Committee will meet, review, do the necessary due diligence and make a decision on grant awards. Due to the large volume of applications, AWIU is only able to notify successful applicants.

Grant Application

AWIU provides grants to grassroots women’s groups in developing countries for short-term, concrete projects. These projects typically support advancement for women in the areas of education, skill training, health, entrepreneurship, and advocacy.

Our Grant Recipients

In 2019, AWIU awarded grants to over 20 organizations worldwide and the International Women of Courage

2019 U.S. Secretary Of State’s International Women of Courage

Razia Sultana, Bangladesh
Naw K’nyawPaw, Burma
Moumina Housssein Darar, Djibouti
Magda Gobran Gorgy, Egypt
Sister Orla Treacy, Ireland
Olivera Lakic, Montenegro
Marini de Livera, Sri Lanka
Colonel Khalida Khalaf Hanna al-Twal, Jordan
Flor de Maria Vega Zapata, Peru
Anna Aloys Henga, Tanzania

2019 AWIU Representative List Of Grant Recipients

PAKISTAN

ASSOCIATION FOR SOCIAL AND EDUCATIONAL REHABILITATION (ASER)
Kitchen Gardening Program

TANZANIA

FRIENDLY WATER FOR THE WORLD
Biosand Filters for Clean Water

GUATEMALA

GUATEMALA HOUSING ALLIANCE
Socioeconomic Entrepreneurship of Women

TANZANIA

HOPE REVIVAL CHILDREN’S ORGANIZATION
Bicycles for Girls to go to school

NEPAL

MODERN MODEL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL
Residential School Sponsorship for Five Girls in Remote Villages

MALAWI

TINGATHE DEVELOPMENT FORUM
Empowering Vulnerable Women Through Cassava Processing

NEPAL

TRACK NEPAL
Agricultural Project

UGANDA

WOMEN FOR LIFE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE (WOLIDEVE)
Rural Women Passion Fruit Growing and Selling Skills

LIBERIA

WOMEN SOLIDARITY AND DEVELOPMENT – (WSD)
Cassava Growing Project

UGANDA

YOUTH & WOMEN INITIATIVE FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – (YWISD)
Coffee and Banana Growing

In 2018, AWIU awarded grants to over 20 organizations worldwide and the International Women of Courage

2018 U.S. Secretary Of State’s International Women of Courage

Roya Sadat, Afghanistan
Aura Elena Farfan, Guatemala
Dr. Julissa Villanueva, Honduras
Aliyah Khalaf Saleh, Iraq
Sister Maria Elena Berini, Italy
Aiman Umarova, Kazakhstan
Dr. Feride Rushiti, Kosovo
L’Malouma Said, Mauritania
Godeliève Mukasarasi, Rwanda
Sirikan Charoensiri, Thailand

2018 AWIU Representative List Of Grant Recipients

CONGO

FRIENDLY WATER FOR THE WORLD (U.S.-based organization operating in the Congo)
Funding for biosand filters for clean water

INDIA

SOCIETY FOR WOMEN EDUCATION AND ECONOMIC THRUST (SWEET)
Seed money and training for women living with HIV/AIDS and poor widows to set up small businesses

RURAL AND URBAN WOMEN’S WELFARE ORGANISATION (RUWWO)
Establishment of backyard chicken farming project

ISRAEL

BRAAEM OLOM – BUDS OF SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT
Program for STEM education for girls in an Arab village in Israel

IVORY COAST

IVORY COAST MOTHERS AND CHILDREN
Construction of a cistern at a girls’ elementary school to provide clean water and gender equality

KENYA

IMANI INITIATIVE DEVELOPMENT GROUP
Fish farming and business training for women in Kasipul

KIINI INITIATIVE
Funds for development of kitchen gardening project

LIBERIA

WOMEN SOLIDARITY AND DEVELOPMENT (WSD)
Funding to develop a soap and bleach manufacturing business

NEPAL

TRACK NEPAL
Purchase of sewing machines and funding for tailoring and embroidery instruction for rural women

AWARE NEPAL
Sustainable livelihood program for earthquake rural women, including funding for goats, hens and a mobile veterinarian

NICARAGUA

THE LILY PROJECT
Health exams and cervical cancer screening for 400 women in rural Nicaragua

COLECTIVO DE MUJERES DE MATAGALPA
Funding for glasses and ophthalmology equipment and services

PAKISTAN

SAIDU FALAHI TANZEEM “A SOCIETY FOR WOMEN RIGHTS”
Empowering widows of the war on terrorism with the purchase of sewing machines to establish economic independence

TANZANIA

HOPE REVIVAL CHILDREN’S ORGANIZATION
Reusable sanitary pads for women and schoolgirls in rural Tanzania, & additional funds for knitting machines

UGANDA

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE (AWEI)
Improving nutrition and income for pregnant women through kitchen gardens & additional funds for carrot seeds

2017

ACTION FOR RURAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (ARWDF), UGANDA – Mushroom Growing and Processing Trainings for Life Improvement (Grant Sent in January 2017)

ACTION FOR WOMEN NETWORK (AWN), UGANDA – Coffee Processing Project. Addressing Climate Change

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE, UGANDA– Goat Farming Project for Women with HIV/Aids

ASSOCIATION OF WOMEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATES (AWODA), UGANDA – Association of Women Development Associates, piggery project

BANDA WOMEN INITIATIVE FOR ALL (BAWONIFA), UGANDA – Tree planting project

DIVINE ACTION RURAL DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION (DARUDEFO), UGANDA – Training Women in Making Reusable Sanitary Pads and Empowerment of Women and School Going Girls

FRIENDLY WATERS – An American based organization that trains people through-out the world in the use of bio-sand filters with which to sanitize water. AWIU awards a grant to train a group in India

HOPE REVIVAL CHILDREN ORGANIZATION (HRCO), TANZANIA – Bio Sand Water Filters Training, Technology Skills, and Water Sanitation Program

THE LILY PROJECT, NICARAGUA – Screening for cervical cancer

NYAKASANGA DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (NYAKU), UGANDA – Soap and Basket making Project to Empower Women to meet Basic Maternal and Perinatal Mortality Concerns

NYAMETE WOMEN, TANZANIA – Purchase of chicks, vaccinations, and feed

RURAL PEOPLE DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY (RPDS), INDIA – Trade Skills Training Programs for Vulnerable Young Girls and Women

SEEDS TRUST, INDIA – Income Generation Activities to HIV/Aids affected Widows and Women Headed Families

SHANTHI SEVA, INDIA – Supporting families of cancer patients

SOCIETY FOR RURAL HEALTH, EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT (SRHED), INDIA – Kitchen gardens

UNITED AFRICAN ORPHANS AND WIDOWS (UAOWF), UGANDA – Training women to make and distribute reusable sanitary pads

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT WELFARE SOCIETY, INDIA – Additional Bicycles for Girls to promote Awareness Generation and Education

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2017:
Anonymous, Bangladesh
Malebogo Molefhe, Botswana
Natalia Ponce de Léon, Colombia
Rebecca Kabugho, Democratic Republic of Congo
Jannat Al Ghezi, Iraq
Major Aïchatou Ousmane Issaka, Niger
Veronica Tamar Simogun, Papua New Guinea
Arlette Contreras Bautista, Peru
Sandya Eknelygoda, Sri Lanka
Sister Carolin Tahhan Fachakh, Syria
Saadet Özkan, Turkey
Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh, Vietnam
Fadia Najib Thabet, Yemen

2016

ACTION FOR RURAL WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION – UGANDA
(Mushroom growing and processing – Training for Life improvement)

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE – UGANDA (Knitting Machine Project)

DA HAWWA LUR – PAKISTAN (Tailoring Project)

HOPE IN LIFE – SHURU KOLKATA – INDIA – (Let Us Hold Hands-Prisoner Training Project)

HUMANE VOLUNTARY WELFARE ASSOCIATION (HVWA), INDIA (Tailoring Project)

KHADIJA KUBRA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN (English / Computer Classes)

KRMA-US PARTNERS, LTD – UGANDA (Cassava Project)

LOS ANGELES –LUSAKA SISTER CITY COMMITTEE, ZAMBIA (Microfinance Project to Improve Economic Development for women and children)

LUBENGOA WOMEN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (LUWODEA) UGANDA (Briquette making project)

MELEL XOJOBAL, CHIAPAS, MEXICO (Birth Certificate Project)

MITOOMA WOMEN’S DIGNITY – UGANDA (Piglet Project)

NYAMETE WOMEN AND DEVELOPMENT GROUP – TANZANIA
(Poultry keeping and Loan Facility for women)

PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES – KENYA (Life Skills to Adolescent Girls to Avert HIV/AIDS & Sanity Napkins)

PREHJA WOMEN’S CENTER – REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO (Strengthen and promote women values)

SAIDU FALAHI TANZEEM – PAKISTAN (Campaign Against Forced Marriages)

SPRMMM (Sree Padmarani Mary Mahila Mandali), INDIA (Tailoring/Knitting Project)

WOMEN DEVELOPMENT WELFARE SOCIETY (WDWS) (Purchase of Bicycles)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2016:
Sara Hossain, Bangladesh
Ni Yulan, China
Thelma Aldana, Guatemala
Nisha Ayub, Malaysia
Zhanna Nemtsova, Russia
Awadeya Mahmoud, Sudan
Rodjaraeg Wattanapanit, Thailand
Debra Baptist-Estrada, Belize
Latifa Ibn Ziaten, France
Dr. Nagham Nawzat Hasan, Iraq
Fatimata M’baye, Mauritania
Zuzana Števulová, Slovakia
Vicky Ntetema, Tanzania
Dr. Nihal Naj Ali Al-Awiaqi, Yemen

2015

ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE (AWEI), UGANDA

DA HAWA LUR, PAKISTAN (Funds will help educate women workers about their rights)

HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT INTERNATIONAL (HDI), NIGER (funds aid hospitals – staff and physicians to prevent obstetric fistulas and maternal mortality in Niger)

INTERACTION FOR PEACE, KENYA (Funds to train eight teachers conflict resolution skills)

JALALABAD ENTREPRENEURIAL PROJECT, AFGHANISTAN

KHADIJA KUBRA WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION FOR CULTURE, KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN (IT Training)

KRMA -U.S. PARTNERS, UGANDA (Funds to hire an agronomist consultant for recommendations for other crops for 40 acres of previously cassava farm)

MODERN MODEL RESIDENTIAL SCHOOL, NEPAL (Education for girls and women in Kalikot, Nepal)

NATIVA, BOLIVIA (Sewing Project)

PARTICIPATORY DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVES, KENYA (grant with which to provide skills training to 9-12-year-old girls in the slums of Nairobi)

PREHA, KOSOVO (Breast Cancer Awareness)

ZENA BIH, BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA (grant provided sewing machines and training for women to establish independence)

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE 2015:
Captain Niloofar Rahmani, Afghanistan
Nadia Sharmeen, Bangladesh
Rosa Julieta Montano Salvatierra, Bolivia
May Sabe Phyu, Burma
Beatrice Epaye, Central African Republic
Marie Claire Tchecola, Guinea
Sayaka Osakabe, Japan
Arbana Xharra, Kosovo
Tabassum Adnan, Swat, Pakistan
Majd Chourbaji, Syria

2014
ALPHA WOMEN EMPOWERMENT INITIATIVE, UGANDA

KARAMAH

KRMA – US PARTNER’S CASAVA PROJECT, UGANDA

MAITI, NEPAL

MALAYEKA CHARITY, PERU

NILE SISTER’S SAFE PROJECT, AFRICAN REFUGEE WOMEN IN SAN DIEGO

VANAVEVHU (CHILDREN OF THE SOIL), ZIMBABWE

WOMEN LEAD

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2014:
Dr. Nasrin Oryakhil, Afghanistan
Roshika Deo, Fiji
Bishop Rusudan Gotsiridze, Georgia
Judge Iris Yassmin Barrios Aguilar, Guatemala
Laxmi, India
Fatimata Touré, Mali
Dr. Maha Al Muneef, Saudi Arabia
Oinikhol Bobonazarova, Tajikistan
Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ukraine
Beatrice Mtetwa, Zimbabwe

2013
GLOBAL PRESS INSTITUTE
Grant To DR. ATHEER JAWAD AMEER AL-SAFFAR Crisis Health Initiative – Johns Hopkins Seminar
KARAMAH GRANT RECIPIENTS
VAKTI (IT’S TIME) Empowering Young Roma Girls in the Community

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2013:
Malalai Bahaduri, Afghanistan
Tsering Woeser, China
Julieta Castellanos, Honduras
Nirbhaya “Fearless”, India (Deceased)
Dr. Josephine Obiajulu Odumakin, Nigeria
Elena Milashina, Russia
Fartuun Adan, Somalia
Razan Zeitunah, Syria
Ta Phong Tan, Vietnam

2012
GLOBAL PRESS INSTITUTE

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2012:
Maryam Durani, Afghanistan
Major Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo, Brazil
Zin Mar Aung, Burma
Jineth Bedoya Lima, Colombia
Hana Elhebshi, Libya
Aneesa Ahmed, Maldives
Shad Begum, Pakistan
Samar Badawi, Saudi Arabia
Hawa Abdallah Mohammed Salih, Sudan
The Honorable Safak Pavey, Turkey (Unable to Attend)

2011
INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2011:
Maria Bashir, Afghanistan
Nasta Palazhanka, Belarus
Henriette Ekwe Ebongo, Cameroon
Guo Jianmei, China
Yoani Sanchez, Cuba
Agnes Osztolykan, Hungary
Eva Abu Halaweh, Jordan
Roza Otunbayeva, Kyrgyzstan
Marisela Morales Ibañez, Mexico
Ghulam Sughra, Pakistan

2010
CHINESE WOMEN CARDIOLOGISTS:
Yundai Chen
Meilin Lui

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2010:
Shukria Asil, Afghanistan
Colonel Shafiqa Quraishi, Afghanistan
Androula Henriques, Cyprus
Sonia Pierre, Dominican Republic
Shadi Sadr, Iran
Ann Njogu, Kenya
Dr. Lee Ae-ran, Republic of Korea
Jansila Majeed, Sri Lanka
Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, Syria
Jestina Mukoko, Zimbabwe

2009
AFGHAN MIDWIFE TRAINING

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2009:
Wazhma Frogh, Afghanistan
Norma Cruz, Guatemala
Suaad Abbas Salman Allami, Iraq
Ambiga Sreenevasan, Malaysia
Hadizatou Mani, Niger
Veronika Marchenko, Russia
Mutabar Tadjibayeva, Uzbekistan
Reem Al Numery, Yemen (Unable to Attend)

2008
AFGHAN MIDWIFE TRAINING
KARAMAH GRANT RECIPIENTS:
Fatima Zohra Benabdessamad
Aziza Chuitar

INTERNATIONAL WOMEN OF COURAGE AWARDEES 2008:
Suraya Pakzad, Afghanistan
Virisila Buadromo, Fiji
Dr. Eaman Al-Gobory, Iraq
Valdete Idrizi, Kosovo
Dr. Begum Jan, Pakistan
Nibal Thawabteh, Palestinian
Cynthia Bendlin, Paraguay
Farhiyo Farah Ibrahim, Somalia

2007
Indira Dasgupta, India

2004
Elzbieta Lipska, M. D., Poland

2003
Naraa Tserendagva, Mongolia

2001
Rachel Ben Dor, Israel

2000
Irina Chirica, Romania
Dr. Mairi Org, Estonia
Ana Radovanovic, Yugoslavia

1999
Kyoko Ono, Japan

1998
Lourdes C. Sifontes Greco, Venezuela
Lyudmilla A. Kurbatova, Russia
Wang Wei, The People’s Republic of China

1997
Kathy Matsika, Zimbabwe

1996
Vida Shammas, New York/Israel

1995
Dr. Olga Bolshakova, Russia
Celia Xi Pan, People’s Republic of China
Manuela Tvaronaviciene, Lithuania

1994
Sinead Ni Fhaolain, Mary Quinn, and Jane Conroy, Ireland
Sandra Persuy, France
Ramza Zgheib, Lebanon

1992
Zhu Dongmei, People’s Republic of China

1991
Ph Dr. Hana Ulmanova, M.A., Czech Republic