Archive for September, 2009

Invigorating Women Entrepreneurs in Peru


The Thunderbird School of Global Management is participating in “Strengthening Women Entrepreneurship in Peru.”

The global program, which will help more than 100,000 women launch and grow their small or micro enterprises in Peru, is being funded with grants from the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank; Peru’s leading microfinance institution Mibanco S.A.; the Australian government; and Goldman Sachs Group.

“Peru is one of only two countries in the world in which women are more likely to start a business than men.”

The project, which seeks to address the lack of educational training tailored to the needs of women entrepreneurs, will have two tracks: one for women micro entrepreneurs and another for women small business owners. The program will be part of Thunderbird’s philanthropic arm, Thunderbird for Good, which specializes in customized business training for women entrepreneurs in developing countries.

Read more here.

Related links:

Inter-American Development Bank

Australia Supports Business Training for Women in Peru

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Helping Kenyan Girls Excel


A girl’s life changes when she is sponsored to stay in school.

So what inspired Linda Lockhart, global director of the Cohen Brown Management Group, a management consulting firm based in Los Angeles to launch the Global Give Back Circle (GGBC), a nonprofit funded by corporate philanthropists like Microsoft and ATEbank in Greece that enables high school girls in Kenya make the leap to higher education?

Find out more here.

Additional resource here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunities

OfaTuikolovatuOfa Tu’ikolovatu (pictured) is turning obstacles into opportunities for better business and the development of her country, Tonga.

Gio Recycling, a waste management business, and its Managing Director ‘Ofa Tu’ikolovatu are a visible part of Tonga’s business landscape. Ms Tu’ikolovatu is well known and respected in business and in the community for her efforts to reduce waste in Tonga. She describes herself as a scrap broker – she buys and sells scrap. Her aim is to clean up Tonga; providing employment, she says, is really a bonus.

But trading in Tonga is not always easy.

Learn more about Ofa and her story — how she overcame enormous challenges that led to a substantial contribution to Tonga’s environment — here.

Photo courtesy of Tamara Haig

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Growing Business Trend: Women Entrepreneurship in Ethiopia


Women entrepreneurship in Ethiopia is slowly but surely making headway.

The formation of the Ethiopian Women Exporters’ Forum is fitting manifestation of this growing trend.Established in January 2000, the Ethiopian Women Exporters’ Forum (list of members) aims at bolstering the organizational and technical capacity of members and arm them with that extra competitive edge to excel in the export trade and the entrepreneurial capacity to stand up to the challenges of international trade and commerce.

Read more here.

Check out a listing of business development services in Ethiopia here.

Ethiopian Women’s Promotion Center

Sample business profile of Ethiopian woman exporter: Mulmul Bakery (as shown above).

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

How To Capture Every Detail Of a Woman’s Pregnancy

Hat tip to Rosa Berardi, Program Manager, The Coleman Foundation, for turning us on to Digi Time Capsule, the ultimate baby keepsake book.  We are sure owner Sherri Morris has already gone global but if not, she’s well on her way!

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Creating a Development Paradigm for African Entrepreneurs


As noted in The New York Times, Freakonomics Blog on Tuesday, September 8, 2009:

The Entrepreneur

Wade (Magatte Wade, a Senegalese entrepreneur and founder of beverage company Adina for Life), meanwhile, is founding a new company, a lifestyle brand which will premiere with a line of fashion accessories and personal care products. She wants the company to grow into Africa’s first truly global brand and serve as an example to both the West and other African entrepreneurs.

The company is just one part of Wade’s “comprehensive plan for Africa,” an anti-aid alternative to the Jeffrey Sachs vision. Her plan centers around advocating for business-friendly legal systems, mentoring and encouraging young entrepreneurs, and spreading her vision for green manufacturing. “If we’re going to be building factories, let’s not build ones that are going to be harmful to the environment,” she says. “If we have to use wood, let’s use bamboo because it’s more sustainable. If we’re going to be cutting trees, let’s plant new ones in their place.”

One thing that definitely doesn’t figure into her plan is foreign aid. She believes Africans can do it on their own. “At the end of the day, we’re not going to build anything on aid,” she says fiercely. “Aid has never built anything.”

Read the entire entry here.

Photo:  Question Box operators (blog here) Lydia and Phiona.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

What Women Entrepreneurs Worldwide Need


According to Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, the key to global economic development is women entrepreneurs.

When I began writing about women entrepreneurs in post-conflict countries with a trip to Rwanda in 2005, no one thought there was a story.  I tried to mine government workers and international agency officials on the ground for interview ideas, only to be told that there were not enough small businesswomen in the country to make my trip worthwhile.

They were wrong.

What do women entrepreneurs worldwide need (want)?  Three things:

1.  Access to information.

2.  Access to markets.

3.  Access to capital.

Learn more here.

Another article authored by Lemmon for The New York Times here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Lcafe: For Beautiful Days in Japan


Japan’s Sample Lab has opened a marketing cafe in Tokyo’s Shibuya district targeting affluent young women with product samples with a view to turning them into opinion formers.  The concept will also be rolled out in the cities of Nagoya, Osaka, Sapporo and Fukuoka.  Find out more at, “Tokyo Cafe Targets Trend Makers.”

It’s called a marketing café, a first of its kind in Japan. Sample Lab Ltd. opened the Lcafe last month as a way to reach Japanese women in their 20s and 30s with information about new products.

“Women take an initiative in shopping, they spark a trend,” said Kouhei Nishida, a manager of business development of Sample Lab. “Those young women can serve as influencer.”

Have you asked yourself lately:  Who are your key stakeholders and influencers for your business?  Are they local or global?  How are you reaching them?  Are you thinking about creating a sample laboratory previewing your products or services in some other part of the world?

Additional resources:

Sample-product cafe targets young women | The Japan Times Online

Adding caffeine to the sample | Brand-e.Biz

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

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