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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide is an exciting new photography project that highlights the work of Lendwithcare, an initiative of leading aid and development charity CARE International UK, which empowers entrepreneurs to work their way out of poverty with dignity through the provision of micro lending and business skills training.

FotoDocument will commission five talented emerging or established documentary photographers to each produce a compelling and cohesive photo essay focusing on women entrepreneurs in the commission country which clearly demonstrates the positive impact of micro lending.




Lendwithcare enables people in the UK to uniquely connect with an entrepreneur in a developing country who needs a loan to support their small business. The project will create powerful photo essays featuring inspiring women entrepreneurs in five of the countries where Lendwithcare operates: Pakistan, Ecuador, Zimbabwe, The Philippines and Zambia.

The photo essays will provide an in-depth visual narrative focusing on how entrepreneurship provides positive and sustainable social change for individuals, families and communities generated by a cyclical financial model of micro lending. Local professional documentary photographers will be commissioned to produce the photo essays, where possible, thereby engaging artists from within the countries themselves, leveraging their knowledge of local customs and language and reducing the need for international air travel.

The work will be used in campaigns by the core partners and key sponsors to promote the benefits of microfinance lending schemes which help some of the world’s poorest women. It is also intended that the work will be exhibited at a central London location, launching on International Women’s Day in March 2017.

This project is a collaboration between FotoDocument, a unique not-for-profit arts education organisation, Lendwithcare, part of CARE International; and RubyMoon, a sustainable fashion business, which currently lends 100% of its net profits through Lendwithcare.

Please download our Call for Submissions document and Application Form and send your completed submissions to by 5pm (GMT) 29 April 2016.


We look forward to receiving your submissions!