We support mission-driven women in Northern California who seek to create economic opportunity for both themselves and others. Through grants, pro-bono services and access to "social capital," we offer the funds and support that many women need to jumpstart their education or entrepreneurial dreams.
Afghan Refugee ESL Certification
The first step to entrepreneurial success for refugees arriving in the U.S. is learning English as a second language (ESL). LONA supports a female Afghan refugee and aspiring entrepreneur as she enrolls full-time in ESL courses and engages in one-on-one English tutoring. As she focuses on immersing herself in English language, she works to develop her business plan for a childcare center that will serve the refugee population and others in Sacramento.
Access to childcare is a significant need for the refugee community. Lack of affordable childcare is a very common barrier to women's ability to attend ESL classes, enroll in educational or vocational programs or join the workforce. LONA supports our grantee's goal to empower other women by providing a center where they can trust their children will be cared for, and give them the freedom and time to pursue their own passions.
EasyTRO Web Application Development
Filing a restraining order is a convoluted and frustrating process, which drains the filer of time and money.
EasyTRO is a web application that helps victims of abuse complete necessary paperwork for filing restraining orders in Alameda county. Through funding, LONA supports the developer and her team in design, development, testing and launch of the application. Developing the prototype for EasyTRO will allow the creator to add something revolutionary to her portfolio, and unlock a variety of economic opportunities for herself. As a survivor of domestic abuse, she is using her own experience with filing a restraining order to help others avoid the roadblocks she encountered. this application would reduce the amount of time and money filers must typically use in order to complete the process, and allow them to reallocate these precious resources to rebuilding their lives.
Though EasyTRO is in the beginning stages of development, the long-term goal for this application is to expand to other counties in California.
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