1982 to 2009
- We began operations as a Foundation on Jjune 30, 1982 in the city of Cali.
- We were the first Foundation in Latin America associated with the Women’s World Banking network.
- We were financed via donations, soft loans, and national, international and multilateral technical cooperation.
- We were the first microfinance company to issue debt on the New York Stock Exchange.
- Our operations are nationwide.
2010 to 2011
We created Banco W
- Definition of a vision to incorporate a for-profit entity and obtain the banking license.
- Banco W, formerly Banco WWB S.A, started operations in February 2011 under the supervision and regulation of the Colombian Financial Superintendence.
- The Bank expanded the offer of new financial products and services (credit, term deposits, savings accounts and micro insurance, among others).
2012 to 2016
We reformulated our mission
- We created the Centro de Liderazgo para la Mujer (Center for Women’s Leadership) and the Centro de Investigación para las Microfinanzas (Research Center for Microfinance).
- We started the business mentoring program.
- We launched the first part of the “Mujeres que Inspiran Mujeres” (Women who inspire women) radio program.
- We made our first social impact investment through the Limited Capital Partners Fund.
- Iniciamos la oferta de capacitación con cursos para emprendedoras y emprendedores, además de cursos de educación financiera.
2017 to 2021
We consolidated and expanded our activities
- We opened a training program called “Yarú: Camino Integral para Emprendedoras” (Yarú: Integral Path for Entrepreneurs) in seven cities in the Valle del Cauca.
- We created the Fundación WWB Colombia Fund for Research.
- We launched the first free application for financial education, Miga.
- We created the first Observatory for Women’s Equity in Valle del Cauca (OEM), in alliance with ICESI University.
- We built and presented a headquarters to the city of Cali for training processes in spaces that promote equality.
- We joined the global group of PRI (Principles for Responsible Investment) signatories. We made social impact investments in ACUMEN’s ALEG fund and in social impact bonds (BIS2).
Board of Directors
Bernardo Quintero Balcazar
Bernardo Quintero Balcazar: BA in Mechanical Engineering and MA in Industrial Administration from Universidad del Valle. He has held important positions as President of Grupo Empresarial Carvajal, Corporación Financiera del Valle (today Corficolombiana), Avianca, and Riopaila-Castilla. He has extensive experience and a recognized trajectory in the Colombian business and financial sector and as a member of boards of directors of non-commercial companies and entities.
Gaia de Dominicis
Chair of the Board of Directors
BA Political Science and Economics from Wellesley College (Boston) and candidate for a Master’s degree in Education at Columbia University (New York). From 2006 to 2013 she served as founder and Executive Director of Endeavor in Colombia, where she positioned Endeavor as a leader in the High Impact Entrepreneurship sector.
Prior to joining Endeavor, Gaia worked at the JPMorgan Bank in New York for 12 years, where she started out as a financial analyst in the Latin M&A department. After working in M&A transaction execution, she joined the cClient mManagement team for the Andean Region where she was responsible for the Investment Banking business for Colombia, building and managing businesses for corporate and government clients.
She has been the executive director of Yunus Social Business Colombia since December 2018, and is a member of the board of directors at Fundación Luker.
Jorge Alberto Linares Alarcón
BA in Economics from Universidad Javeriana, with a specialization in finance from Universidad EAFIT-CESA. He has served as Vice President of Capital Management of Fundación Grupo Social, Financial Vice President of Banco Caja Social and Financial Manager of Fundación Social. He has been part of several boards of directors and investment and audit committees, as well as professor of financial prospecting in the specialization in finance at Universidad del Rosario and chair of financial management for the MA in Economics at Universidad Javeriana.
Luz Stella Gardeazábal de Nicholls
BA Law from Universidad de San Buenaventura. With experience in the financial sector in companies like Corporación de Ahorro y Vivienda Ahorramás and Corporación de Ahorro y Vivienda Granahorrar. She served on the Board of Directors of the Instituto de Ciegos y Sordos and Fundación de Quemados del Valle. She was one of the founders of Fundación WWB Colombia in 1980.
Margarita Rosa Garrido Otoya
Ph.D. in History from Oxford University, England, with an undergraduate degree from Universidad del Valle. Her academic career has revolved around Universidad del Valle, Universidad de los Andes, and Universidad Externado de Colombia, and at other national and foreign universities as a guest lecturer.
She has published two books and numerous articles and book chapters, especially on colonial and republican political culture. She was General Director of Colciencias from 2000 to 2003, as well as of the Luis Angel Arango Library from 2008 to 2013. She has been a member of advisory boards of cultural entities, competition juries, program evaluation commissions, editorial committees of academic journals, and advisory teams for the production of school textbooks and historical programs for television.
Ramiro Guerrero Carvajal
BA Economics from Universidad de los Andes, MA Economics of the Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Maryland, and MA Economic Policy from CERDI-Université d’Auvergne in France. He earned his PhD degree at King’s College London, and has served as research director of the Harvard Global Equity Initiative (HGEI) at Harvard University in Boston, deputy minister of social protection in Colombia, researcher at Fedesarrollo, and finance editor of Semana magazine. He was the founder and director of PROESA – Center for Studies in Social Protection and Health Economics – at Icesi University. He currently serves as Dean of the School of Economics and Finance also at Icesi.
Awards granted to the Foundation
Pacto Empresarial por la Equidad 2019
Accreditation as an institution that promotes gender equality and endorses the Pacto – Alcaldía de Santiago de Cali
Premios Portafolio 2018
Category: contribution to the community. Recognition of the effort and commitment to the comprehensive empowerment of women entrepreneurs in situations of socioeconomic vulnerability in Valle del Cauca.
Human Rights Leader Award 2018
Awarded by the Canadian Embassy in Colombia, for the promotion of gender equality, economic empowerment, and the rights of women, adolescents, and girls.
Favorecer a la vivencia de los derechos de las mujeres, las niñas y la Equidad de Género 2017 Award granted by Cali City Hall and the Secretariat of Gender Equity.
Reconocimiento Alcaldía de Cali y Secretaría de Equidad de Género.
Premios Portafolio 2015
Nomination “Contribution to the community”.
Commendation for contributing to the economic development of the municipality of Yumbo.
Premios Colombia en Línea 2014
Nomination for Best Social Inclusion Content.
MIX Market and IDB acknowledge the Foundation, 2014
Ranked among the top 10 microfinance institutions (MFIs) in terms of portfolio quality, as well as among the top 10 most efficient MFIs in the average balance per loan over USD 500 category.
Award for Excellence in Microfinance in Latin America and “Support for Microenterprises” prize 2003
Awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)
“First collateralized loan obligation backed by microfinance institution loans” award, 2004
Awarded by BlueOrchard Finance S.A. with OPIC.
Mejor gestión de apoyo a los empresarios colombianos 2005 -2006
Microenterprise category awarded by Bancoldex.
La Cruz de Plata de la Orden Nacional 2005
Presidencia de la República de Colombia
La Cruz de Bronce Concejo de Santiago de Cali 2005
As an exemplary effort before Cali’s public because of its permanent work to benefit low-income microentrepreneurs.
Premio Carlos Lleras Restrepo 1999- 1998
Category of best financial intermediary for microenterprises, category for nation Foundations and NGOs.
Where are we?
Carrera 63A # 5-28, Barrio Cau00f1avaralejo. Cali, Colombia
Where are we?
Carrera 63A # 5-28, Barrio Cañaveralejo.
Between the Pampalinda and Refugio stations.
(572) 387 68 60 – Op: 1
Work with us
Our team is made up of people who inspire us!
Share your talent, energy and dedication to create positive change in the lives of women and men entrepreneurs. In return, we offer you our experience, opportunities, and support so that you can grow.