Factories and Farms
Since 2007 our programs have reached more than 1,225,000 low-income working women.
At HERproject, we believe investing in women is good for both women and business.
When women have enhanced ability and agency to take charge of their own lives, along with supportive work environments and relationships that create fair and dignified workplaces, they become powerful agents of change. Empowered women and dignified work are critical to better business—business that is more ethical and more productive.
Through HERproject, women acquire the information and ability to access products and services necessary to improve health, finance, and gender equality outcomes.
91% of both women and men across 11 factories in India said they saved a greater portion of their salary.
When people save money, they have funds available to mitigate against future shocks, such as loss of employment, disease, or natural disasters. Their resilience increases, and they have a greater chance of maintaining their quality of life.
11% increase across 26 factories in five countries in the number of women using family planning products.
When women use family planning products, they are more likely to avoid unplanned pregnancies. This means fewer unanticipated costs, a more stable living situation, and less need for medical interventions.
49% increase across 10 factories in Bangladesh in the number of women using sanitary pads during menstruation.
When women know of, have access to, and can use sanitary napkins instead of scraps of cloth from the factory floor, they are less at risk of infection. This means less sickness on a monthly basis and improved overall health.
Through HERproject, women strengthen their confidence and sense of self-worth to take charge of their lives.
44% increase across three farms in Kenya in the number of women feeling confident.
42% increase across three farms in the number of women feeling respected by colleagues, family, and community members.
15% increase across three farms in Kenya in the number of women feeling able to solve problems at the workplace, at home, and in the community.
Through HERproject, factories and farms adopt policies and practices that create inclusive workplaces.
65% increase across 40 farms in Ethiopia in number of farms drafting and establishing a Gender Policy.
When a gender policy is established, workplaces are better positioned to address the particular challenges that women face. This means that women are less at risk of discrimination or harassment, and can advance their careers.
85% increase across 40 farms in Ethiopia in number of farms establishing a Gender Committee.
When a Gender Committee is established, women have an avenue to raise grievances and complaints. This means that workplaces are better positioned to effectively respond to and work towards eliminating discrimination and harassment.
40 factories enrolled in the HERfinance payroll digitization program, reaching nearly 100,000 women.
When women have knowledge of and the confidence to visit health clinics at work, they are more likely to receive effective treatment and guidance. This means that they are better able to remain healthy at work.
Through HERproject, workplaces become more productive and businesses more profitable.
93% decrease in payroll costs following wage digitization in five factories in Bangladesh.
Cash payroll is expensive as cash requires transport, monitoring, and distribution. Digital wages simplifies the process, cutting costs for factories.
22% decrease in the number of products requiring rework across 37 factories in six countries.
When workers are less stressed, sick, or troubled by issues outside of work, they are better able to conduct their work effectively. A decrease in the number of products requiring rework means that factories can be more efficient and save money.
4.5% decrease in turnover across 37 factories in six countries.
Turnover is a major concern for factories, as new workers require training. When turnover decreases, factories have a stable workforce that they know and trust. In addition, managers are able to build strong relationships with workers.
Through HERproject, communication and interaction between workers and management become better and more effective.
95 percent of female workers across 11 factories in India felt that management showed more concern for their well-being after going through the HERfinance training.
98 percent of male workers across 11 factories in India felt that management showed more concern for their well-being after going through the HERfinance training.
97 percent of managers across 11 factories in India felt that workers had an improved perception of the workplace after the company supported the HERfinance program.