WHY DO WE FOCUS ON WOMEN?
It’s simple...whether it's in the world’s poorest communities or here in the U.S. women bear the brunt of poverty. Statistics show that approximately 70% of the world’s poorest are women and they are generally given fewer opportunities than men.
In the U.S., 1 in 3 American women live on or near the brink of poverty. Once in poverty, women face additional obstacles that men do not face, such as childcare needs, domestic and sexual violence, and other barriers that hinder them from reaching their fullest potential. Full Circle Exchange observes that women caught in a cycle of poverty have a difficult time breaking out. The system, sometimes unintentionally, conspires to keep them in this cycle. They are left with little hope of realizing their full creative capacity.
However, women are also the key to overcoming poverty. Over the last five years we have seen first hand that when you empower women, they becomes a catalyst for positive change whose success benefits everyone around her. Research shows that if you educate and empower a woman, she will feed her children, provide for her family and break the vicious cycle of abuse and poverty.
Our U.S. Job Readiness Training Program works with women who face multiple personal and economic barriers to self-reliance. All individual applicants are unemployed, underemployed, or unable to secure work in the formal sector. They often face many challenges and barriers to long-term employment such as, past trauma, lack of work history, language and cultural barriers. Full Circle Exchange works in collaboration with each agency to pre-screen and select candidates that are the best fit for the program. We conduct pre and post assessments to identify key areas to focus on for short-term and long-term success.
Full Circle Exchange is committed to working with each woman enrolled in the program to help stabilize her life and provide her the skills and support needed to enter into entry-level positions, upwardly-mobile employment, and educational pathways - helping her advance towards self-sufficiency and building assets for long-term prosperity.
Full Circle Exchange is located in Boise, Idaho, one of over 200 resettlement communities across the U.S., providing safe haven to refugees from war-torn countries across the world. Nearly 6,000 individuals from 35 countries call Boise their home. In addition to often losing family members, refugees who arrive in Idaho have lost their homes, material goods, and savings. Among the many challenges of arriving in America is the need to develop new language and work skills, to find jobs that support their families, and to manage newfound opportunity and freedom.
Economically Disadvantaged Women
Having proven its model of teaching job readiness and life skills through a social enterprise model, FCE is in a position of strength as it looks to broaden its impact with women trapped in the cycle of poverty. Our goal is to expand our Job Readiness Training Program by partnering with local organizations that provide stability and support to women transitioning out of incarceration, domestic abuse, and/or recovering from addiction.