Walmart and the Walmart Foundation’s partnership with World Vision began in 2005 after the Indian Ocean tsunami in December 2004, which claimed hundreds of thousands of lives across South Asia.

When Walmart associates raised $5,000 to donate to World Vision relief efforts, the Walmart Foundation chose to add its support by multiplying their gift with a $500,000 grant.

Following several more grants and product donations, in 2013 the Walmart Foundation selected World Vision to participate in its Women in Factories (WIF) program, which is part of the company’s global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative (WEEI).

The WIF program seeks to train both male and female factory workers in Central America as part of the company’s commitment to promote flourishing work environments for factory workers around the world.