Women's Social Entrepreneurship Center

Haven of Hope’s Oakland-based Women’s Social Entrepreneurship Center (WSEC) aims to address the barriers to self-sufficiency and economic mobility facing marginalized women and non-binary individuals. The WSEC places emphasis on aiding formerly incarcerated and immigrant womxn of color seeking liberation through business ownership.


The WSEC helps participants gain the technical skills they need to successfully launch or grow their own social ventures through training and mentorship programs, access to capital, and consulting services. In addition, the center implements trauma-informed and culturally-aligned curricula to help womxn gain the agency, hope, and self-determination needed to navigate the institutional and economic barriers intersecting with race, immigration status, gender, and sexuality.