Our Impact

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Did you know a family that owns assets also has the means to survive economic hardship today and provide security for tomorrow? By investing in single moms, WANDA multiplies the effect of its program by improving the happiness, security, and success of not just single moms, but of their children.

Since WANDA’s founding:

WANDA clients have collectively invested over $1.5 million in assets

WANDA clients have invested in homes, college educations, retirement savings, and new businesses

Clients on average increase incomes up to $10,000 and boost credit scores by 100 points

The retention rate in the three-year program is 87%. Clients report higher levels of personal confidence and financial stability

What we have learned most of all, is that WANDA graduates learn to invest in themselves and wish to pass along what they’ve learned and earned to their children. Indeed, more than 65% of the children of clients have started their own savings accounts.

“I came into WANDA wanting to help my kids, but I realized through the program that I had to invest in myself. I used my savings for my own education. I am proud to say I am a second year nursing student and will graduate next May. I am excited for my future and for my kids’ futures.”
Daisy Salmeron

2012 WANDA graduate

Success Stories

Alumna Spotlight: Melody Miranda, Cohort 13

Before WANDA, I was living paycheck to paycheck, moving from place to place, and struggling to make ends meet as a single mother of three. At one point, we were actually homeless and had to stay in a homeless shelter when I first began the WANDA program. During...

Alumna Spotlight: Hanaa Salha, Cohort 15

I initially discovered WANDA through a dear friend who had been part of the program many years ago. This friend, also a single mother and my closest confidante, spoke glowingly of WANDA's support and resources. Witnessing the positive changes in her life sparked my...

Alumna Spotlight: Fátima Perea, Cohort 13

Surrounded by incredible women and inspired by their empowering words, Fátima found the motivation to persevere. "I just wanted to take the time to thank the WANDA team and let you know how much you have drastically changed my life,” she shared. “When I first...

Honorary WANDA Mom Spotlight: Lateefah Simon

With over 25 years of experience as a veteran organizer, a long-time philanthropic leader, and a nationally recognized advocate for civil rights and racial justice in Oakland and the broader Bay Area, Lateefah embodies the spirit of empowerment that WANDA holds...

“Raised by latchkey, powered by sarcasm”

By Danika Dellor, Executive Director of WANDA Recently, I had the honor of being recognized as a Woman of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, culminating at a lovely celebratory dinner in San José. It was an evening filled with powerful and thoughtful...

Alumna Spotlight: Stacey Mobley, Cohort 14

WANDA came into my life at a time when I was struggling to make ends meet and living paycheck to paycheck, with a depleted savings account. Alongside various health issues and numerous other challenges, I felt overwhelmed and on the verge of giving up. However, my...

Alumna Spotlight: Sophia Sandoval, Cohort 13

WANDA came into my life at a time when I had lost my job, my home, and my desire to continue living a routine life. I vividly remember the day I made up my mind and said to myself, 'I'm moving to California.' With my eight-year-old daughter by my side, we embarked...

Alumna Spotlight: Corinna Chan

Corinna Chan's journey with WANDA has been one of perseverance and transformation. Originally a member of cohort 13, financial difficulties made it impossible for Corinna to save for several months, forcing her to drop out of the program. However, she refused to...

Alumna Spotlight: Blanca Medina

A huge congratulations to one of our amazing Alumnas Blanca Medina for recently facilitating WANDA’s new Financial Literacy class focused on budgeting.  We are thrilled to announce that she will be the lead facilitator for our next partnership cohort with...

DiversityInc Profiles WANDA Mom, Charisse

WANDA alumna Charisse Fontes shares her story in this DiversityInc article, "Race, Homelessness and the Role of Corporate Social Responsibility." Read the full article: https://bit.ly/3YWZ3u5 "When Fontes was homeless, she was determined to improve...