1st of March 2015: Enrich is today announcing support from Google Hong Kong to boost economic empowerment of migrant women in Hong Kong. Google has given a boost to Hong Kong’s domestic worker population by providing support for the economic empowerment programme run by local charity, Enrich.
Established in 2007, Enrich provides Financial Education and Empowerment Programmes that offer migrant domestic workers practical education in financial literacy, business development, and confidence building. With the year-long support from Google, Enrich will empower 450 migrant women working as domestic workers with vital life skills and tools to enable them to budget, plan and save for their future. It is estimated the support will impact an additional 2,250 family members back in home countries as the programme empowers migrant women to take control of their finances and their future.
Helping over 5,000 migrant women to date, the impact of Enrich’s programmes is clearly demonstrable, with 85% of participants now saving regularly and 60% able to pay off their debts within two years of graduating from the course. Past participant Virgie said: “Before Enrich I was feeling very depressed, I felt lost. I didn’t know what was going to happen in my future. I didn’t know how to budget. I now have goals and I’m looking forward to my dreams coming true. It’s still only a picture but I am planning for it now. It’s good to know that one day I will be secure and stable when I go back to the Philippines.”
OFFICIAL LAUNCH: 1st of March 2015 (OPEN TO THE MEDIA)
Enrich will officially launch the support from Google at a financial education workshop at the Enrich centre (1102 Enterprise Building, 228-238 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong) on Sunday the 1st March, from 1pm until 5pm. The workshop will be conducted in English. Journalists and photographers are welcome (by appointment only) to photograph and interview participants at the workshop. A representative from Enrich will also be available for interview.
Enrich is the leading charity promoting the economic empowerment of migrant women living in Hong Kong. Established in 2007, Enrich provides Financial Education and Empowerment Programmes that offer migrant women practical education in financial literacy, business development and confidence building.
Enrich’s mission is to empower migrant women with vital life skills and tools that enable them to budget, plan and save for their future – ending the cycle of poverty for themselves and their families.
ABOUT ENRICH’S IMPACT
- At the end of 2014, Enrich had educated 5,586 migrant women in 318 workshops, impacting an estimated 20,000 family members in home countries.
- After attending Enrich workshops, migrant women report:
- 93% are more confident managing debt
- 85% now save regularly
- 60% are able to get out of debt within two years
- 85% now talk with their family on spending
- Enrich educates migrant women in seven languages, with 15 programme partners, at 20 training venues across Hong Kong.
ABOUT MIGRANT WOMEN IN HONG KONG
- There are currently 320,000 migrant women working as domestic workers in Hong Kong.
- 50% of migrant women are from the Philippines, 47% from Indonesia and 3% from Bangladesh, Thailand, Sri Lanka and Nepal
- Earning just HK$4,110 per month, migrant women face enormous pressure to send money to feed, educate and house their families back home.
- Migrant women send on average 50% of their salary back home every month.
- Migrant women receive little support to save and many migrant women find themselves at the end of years away with little savings and no plans for the future.
Emily Halsall, Director of External Relations
Tel: +852 9261 1310, +852 2386 5811