Organization for Women in Self Employment (WISE) is an Ethiopian Civil Society Organization or NGO registered with the Ministry of Justice in August, 1997 and reregistered with the Charities and Societies Agency in 2009. WISE commenced its full programme operation in January, 1998. The Organization has been working with low-income self-employed women and girls in their efforts to achieve self-reliance and improve the quality of their lives. The major focus areas are the economic and social empowerment of women and girls and thus, the improvement of their position and condition in society.
With a vision of seeing a nation where absolute poverty is eradicated and women play active part in development, the Organization has been striving to make its contribution meaningful through designing a programme and interventions that address the core issues of poverty and dependence among the target members. Although WISE directly focuses on the economic and social empowerment of women micro enterprise operators, the interventions are equally appropriate for men and women farmers and other vulnerable groups. The business skills, health education, leadership and management, life skills, financial education, literacy and numeracy and technical skills trainings have been instrumental to change the quality of lives of the target women and their families.