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We envision a world where women are empowered to transform their lives and communities and overcome poverty, human trafficking and disaster. 

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Creative Women of the World began in 2011 when our founder, after a lifetime of accruing business experience and international social good knowledge, decided to combine everything into a revolutionary nonprofit. We combine sustainable business training, art, and entrepreneurship to empower women so they discover that they  can be the ones to lift themselves out of poverty.



Creative Women of the World's Founder and Executive Director Lorelei VerLee started her journey in 2007 when she helped start HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International), a business that started by empowering women through creative marketing and artistry. This experience inspired Lorelei to found CWOW in 2011 so requests from artisans in other countries could be met. To date, Creative Women of the World has worked in eleven countries and buys from artisans in over 50 countries.

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Teach Her to Fish is a documentary film explaining CWOW's early philosophy while partnering with artisans in Haiti under HAPI (Haitian Artisans for Peace International):

CWOW not only responds to the need for outreach but also empowers women to recognize their own strengths, creativity, and talent and to use it to help themselves and their communities.
— Erika Mann, Board Member