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

Designed by Ashoka, in partnership with Deutsche Bank and S&P Global Foundation, DIWA is a capacity building program for 40 women social entrepreneurs with the following objectives:

  1. Increased Impact – focusing on uplifting women social entrepreneurs, to build systems and mindset shift strategies for increased impact.
  2. Leadership – helping women social entrepreneurs find their courage, comfort in their leadership, overcoming gender-specific barriers to create systemic change.
  3. Community – building a community of women changemakers to solve pressing problems in ASEAN. The community will provide support and friendship to making this journey less lonely.

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Course Duration: May 2021  - July 2021      

Confirmed dates to be clarified during onboarding                                 


Price: Free

The DIWA program is a sponsored program to build the movement of women social entrepreneurs in the ASEAN region.


Eligibility Criteria:

  • Women social entrepreneurs (open to founders or lead decision-maker of the organization)
  • ASEAN-based organization and impact is in ASEAN
  • 18 years old or above
  • At least 1 year of operations or implementation of the venture
  • Commitment to attend the online sessions between May – July 


Location: Online

A combination of webinars and more intimate peer learning sessions


Effort: 8-10 hours monthly

Sessions will occur over 2 days 



Some translations (Bahasa Indonesia and Thai) will be available, along with localized peer learning sessions


What will set you apart?

This online program aims to equip women social entrepreneurs with the frameworks, learning tools, and ideas to effectively lead your teams and create systemic impact. This learning journey will consist of the following modules:

  1. Impact strategies for system change:
    1. Identifying and framing your problem statement with root cause analysis
    2. Mapping the system and identifying key leverage points for change
    3. Designing solutions for the direct and indirect impact
  2. Women leadership for system change:
    1. Shifting the narrative around women’s leadership and overcoming gender-specific barriers
    2. Recognizing your role as a leader, mother, community organizer
    3. Amplifying your impact by building a culture of changemaking
  3. Thinking about sustainability for system change:
    1. Identifying the right business model for your organization
    2. The social investor mindset
    3. Storytelling for fundraising

If you have any questions concerning the program or need clarifications please contact Dian Anderson at dsanderson@ashoka.org



Past Testimonials

"Being part of the cohort has made me feel gratitude and a sense of peace and gratitude because, through all this, the community that was created by Ashoka is made of people who do not think twice before rolling up their sleeves and help you get through the hurdles. Sense of peace knowing that this is a safe place, without judgments. A space where we can ask for help and grow our capacity as social entrepreneurs."

- Wryneth Gay G. Mayapit, Founder of Indi PH

"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. That after a series of times where you are raising the problem and no one acting on them, I realize that I have to step in. 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


Made Possible By


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Deutsche Bank, will be supporting 10 women social entrepreneurs as part of the DIWA program, that are focused on the field of climate change and sustainability. This pathway of the program will create an experience for these women social entrepreneurs and create a community of women driving impact in the field of climate change and sustainability. 




S&P Global Foundation, will be supporting 30 women social entrepreneurs working with women who are focused towards creating more inclusive economies across various sectors and driving impact through their organizations.