What We Do

“In the course of history, there comes a time when humanity is called to shift to a new level of consciousness, to reach a higher ground. A time when we have to shed our fear and give hope to each other. That time is now.”
— Dr. Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

Empowering women to protect the Earth.

WEA has implemented 125 women’s environmental and entrepreneurship projects in 18 countries – training, funding, and catalyzing 5,000 women to advance safe water, clean energy, regenerative farming, women’s land rights, and more. WEA’s model creates cascading benefits – to date, WEA leaders have equipped over a million more people with life-giving environmental solutions. These leaders are winning political positions, expanding economic opportunities for women and girls, and receiving national and global recognition.


Our Vision and Mission

WEA’s vision is that the women worldwide who are safeguarding a thriving home for all of us, are never alone, and that they have what they neednot only to survive but to thrive.

A vibrant grid of micro-networks has been built by women over years and across borders to guard and nourish our earth. Community by community, women step forward to defend forests from being stripped bare, prevent children from dying of waterborne illness, and uphold cultural fabric in the face of violence and exploitation. WEA lights this grid of connectivity.

Our mission is to equip women with the skills and tools they need to protect our earth and strengthen communities from the inside out. We work with leaders who build up other leaders. One becomes two, two become four, four become eight, and millions.

How we do this

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Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Dr. Wangari Maathai,  grew a community tree-planting initiative into an Africa-wide movement with more than 30 million trees planted, livelihoods for over 900,000 women, and significant carbon reduction.

Imagine 30 emerging “Wangaris” from different regions working together, accessing tools and resources that sharpen their skills and clarify their vision for community transformation, and launching powerful initiatives that train and empower thousands more people each year, while directly influencing global environmental goals. Now imagine 5 cohorts of 30 “Wangaris”, all bringing powerful transformation to our communities and rippling their knowledge and skills outward. This is the Women’s Earth Alliance.

WEA identifies the thousands of potential “Wangaris” out there at a critical stage of their work and supports them to strengthen and expand the impact of their much-needed environmental solutions. For too long, the visions of women leaders have remained limited in reach or gone unrealized because they couldn’t access needed skills, resources, and mentorship. WEA Leaders are at a pivotal moment — poised to scale their impact but facing constraints– funding challenges, burnout, or societal pushback. They have established leadership but need support in scaling to broad-based initiatives that can influence regional, national, or even global efforts. They seek access to skills/tools, exposure to models of success, and support elevating their impact.

WEA designs capacity-building trainings where women access skills and tools in appropriate technology, entrepreneurship, and advocacy. They gain seed funding, mentorship, and a global alliance. With these resources in hand, participants go on to launch and scale their environmental projects and teach others to do the same.

The “WEA Effect”

Regardless of the unique conditions in each region, the efforts of WEA participants lead to a consistent set of cascading benefits that we call the “WEA Effect”: women are empowered, children are safer, communities are healthier, natural resources regenerate, local economies prosper, regions stabilize, and real transformation takes root.

Our theory of change is simple:

When women thrive, communities, the environment, and future generations thrive.