The Coalition for Women's Economic
Development was the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles and an
early leader in the field of microenterprise development within the United States. The
group's training and lending services initially focused on helping impoverished women become
self-sufficient business owners and expanded over time to include men and
low-to-moderate-income entrepreneurs. The
Coalition for Women's
Economic Development Collection
dates from 1980-1999 and documents the group's
activities and partnerships. The collection consists primarily of manuscript materials and
includes some photographs, news clippings, and video recordings.
The Coalition for Women's Economic Development (CWED) was conceived in early 1987 by a
steering committee of women activists who were investigating ways to provide business
development support for women. Beginning as a project of the Southern California Center for
Nonprofit Management in January 1988, CWED was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit
organization in October of that same year with the mission "to help low-income women achieve
self-sufficiency through self-employment." With a focus on small-business owners, CWED was
the first microenterprise development organization in Los Angeles and one of the first in
the United States.
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