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
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
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.
Copyright for unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s)
of this collection has been transferred to California State University, Northridge.
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fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the
public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright
owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
The collection is open for research use.