MADISON, Wis. (10/15/14)--The Global Women's Leadership Network Empowerment Grants will go to two of the network's members whose projects will help develop women's entrepreneurial and leadership skills in the Philippines and prepare female high school credit union members to enroll in a college or university.
|Members of the Global Women's Leadership Network vote on project proposals from scholarship winners Esther Keino, general manager, Belgut Rural Women SACCO, Kenya, (left); Kristi Lozano, financial education specialist, San Mateo CU, Redwood City, Calif.; Triza Tsiga Magreta, general manager, Mudi SACCO, Malawi; and Elenita San Roque, CEO, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions, Thailand. (World Council of Credit Unions Photo)|
Elenita San Roque, CEO, Association of Asian Confederation of Credit Unions, Thailand, will work with Paglaum Multi-Purpose Cooperative in the Philippines to establish a business development center that will advance women members' entrepreneurial and leadership skills. It also will work to expand access to markets and information for micro- and small-enterprise developments.
Kristi Lozano, financial education specialist at $767 million-asset San Mateo CU, Redwood City, Calif., said, "The Network Empowerment Grant will enable female students to learn and develop their financial readiness and interpersonal skills through a mentorship program.
"I have met so many women through the Global Women's Leadership Network that have inspired me to challenge myself, and my career, that I am ecstatic about being able to extend this resource to the younger generation. This is the epitome of empowerment," she added.
Lozano's goal is to increase the financial and leadership skills of female high school credit union members and help them prepare to enroll in a college or university.
The two competed against four other scholars who conceived ideas to increase access to credit, loans, savings and leadership opportunities for women in their communities.
"With over 500 women in the network, the project winners have an excellent opportunity to leverage their peers' expertise and engage globally, while making a local impact," said Calyn Ostrowski, director of the Worldwide Foundation and Global Women's Leadership Network.