DIWA stands for Deepening Impact of Women Activators, and it has a powerful meaning in several ASEAN languages. In Tagalog, diwa stands for spirit, consciousness and will. In Thai, diwa/tiwa means daylight. In Bahasa Indonesia, dewi/dewa is the term for spirit, consciousness and will. 

DIWA is a three-month long online capacity building program made possible by our partnership with Deutsche Bank and S&P Global Foundation. DIWA takes Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) on a learning journey that empowers them to create stronger impact, all while establishing a community of determined WSEs in ASEAN. If you are a WSE who wants to build their capacity, deepen their impact, and be part of a community of strong female leaders, apply to be a part of our DIWA program. Join us in our movement of empowering female leaders through increasing their confidence and fostering community.  

How will DIWA set you apart?

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This online program aims to equip WSEs with frameworks, tools, and ideas that will enable them to lead teams effectively and create systemic impact. This learning journey consists of the following modules: 

  • Impact Strategies for System Change:
    • Identifying and framing a problem statement with root cause analysis 
    • Mapping the system and identifying key leverage points for change 
    • Designing solutions for direct and indirect impacts 
  • Female Leadership for System Change
    • Shifting the narrative around female leadership to overcome gender-specific barriers
    • Recognizing one's role as a leader, mother, community organizer and finding courage though these roles 
    • Amplifying one's impact by building a culture of Changemaking 
  • Sustainability for System Change
    • Identifying the right business model for one’s organization 
    • The social investor mindset 
    • Storytelling for fundraising 

This program also aims to create a close-knit community of WSEs who are dedicated to being Changemakers in ASEAN, which will provide support and collaboration opportunities in creating difficult systemic change.

DIWA Call for Applications

Our Modules

  • Leadership: WSEs are taken through different aspects of leadership and how to be a better communicator and empathizer. These workshops work on increasing the women’s confidence and getting them to better understand their position in a team.  
  • Impact Strategy: WSEs are briefed on various ways to understand, increase, and measure their impact. 
  • Sustainability Modules: WSEs are taken through different forms of financial sustainability and organization sustainability. They will be given frameworks to come up with a plan and strategy for both their financial and organizational sustainability.

Informed by the key insights of our ASEAN-wide report, the Women Together for a Better Normal program was a weekly, three-month long, online summit for 40 Women Social Entrepreneurs (WSEs) to build their skills, hone their empathy and leadership, and form a community of support. This aimed to recognize the growing needs of social entrepreneurs during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

The pioneer cohort of the program was comprised of dynamic and resilient women who remained steadfast in their goals while navigating the global crisis together. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • WSEs (open to founders or lead decision-makers of an organization) 
  • ASEAN-based organization with impact in ASEAN 
  • 18 years old or above 
  • At least one year of operations or venture implementation
  • Commitment to attend 8-10 hours per month of online sessions from May to July

Being part of the cohort has made me feel gratitude and a sense of peace...the community...is made of people who do not think twice before rolling up their sleeves and help you get through the hurdles...this is a safe place, without judgments...where we can ask for help and grow our capacity.

Wryneth Gay G. Mayapit, Founder of Indi PH
Mayapit, Wryneth Gay (INDI and Sumika Collectives)

Being part of the cohort has made me feel equipped and ready to take on other challenges because I have felt again that anything could be possible...after a series of times where...no one acting on [problems]...Ashoka renewed that strength in me again that I can be a solution to my problem.

Salika B. Maguindanao, Founder of Maranao Collectible Service Cooperative
 Maguindanao, Salika (Maranao Colletible Service Cooperative)
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Deutsche Bank will be supporting 10 Women Social Entrepreneurs who are focused on the field of climate change and sustainability as part of the DIWA program. This pathway will create an insightful learning experience for these WSEs and a community of women driving impact in the field of climate change and sustainability. 

S&P Global Foundation

S&P Global Foundation will be supporting 30 Women Social Entrepreneurs who are focused on creating more inclusive economies across various sectors and driving impact through their organizations.