The African Women’s Alliance (AWA) was formed in 2009 by a group of dedicated volunteers who recognized the need for holistic and supportive programs for immigrant and refugee women in the St. Cloud region. These women included: Janette Yiran, Lul Hersi, Beth Gathetu, Jessica Hasslen and Katrina Pierson.

The organization began working under the umbrella of the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota in 2009 and developed its first program, the Textile and Sewing Program.

Today, AWA has grown to become its own 501c3 organization. This autonomy ensures that our constituents and members will be governed by a board of directors that fully represents the women we serve.

AWA’s Board includes women from various African countries who have an extraordinary perspective on the needs of the communities we serve.