Archive for September, 2016

The US Empowers Women Entrepreneurs in Africa

U.S Ambassador to Botswana, Earl Miller

U.S Ambassador to Botswana, Earl Miller

The African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) in partnership with United States Agency for International Development (USAID) provides professional networking business development and trade capacity building system of opportunities for networks, which will assist female entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa in relation to their businesses. In Africa, women are the backbone of communities and the country’s greatest potential to unlocking economic growth as they provide the majority of labor with the least amount of resources.

For her part AWEP chairperson, Chigedze Chinyepi encouraged women in businesses to take advantage of the programme in order to develop their businesses and mindset.

The partnership is expected to bring positive results in changing lives and businesses of women entrepreneurs in Maun and the surrounding areas.

Read more:  US-backed agency empowers women entrepreneurs

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Social Entrepreneurs Put Passion Over Profits for Global Growth

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Women entrepreneurs across the globe, especially in Asia, are re-examining life’s problems through a entrepreneurial business lens.  By doing as such, women entrepreneurs are harnessing the power of global markets to tackle poverty and social ills, according to the Thomson Reuters Foundation poll on the best countries for social entrepreneurs.

Of the world’s 45 biggest economies, the survey found the Philippines was the country where women fared best when taking into account representation in leadership roles in social enterprises and the gender pay gap.  They also discovered:

Women interviewed across Asia described a fairer playing field and higher drive to put compassion over valuation as the reason women are doing so well as social entrepreneurs.

Read more:  In Asia, Female Entrepreneurs Steer Business Toward Social Work

For a full look at the best countries to be a social entrepreneur 2016, visit:  http://news.trust.org/spotlight/Best-countries-to-be-a-social-entrepreneur/

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Disruptive Funding For Global Female Entrepreneurs

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SheEO founder Vicki Saunders (pictured below) is out to change the world for the better and her first step is to disrupt the traditional model of funding and investment for female entrepreneurs.

“In general, women were not at the table for designing 1.0 of this world, and we better be there for 2.0,” Saunders declared, and her design for this life involves a makeover of investment to include more women-led businesses.

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-2-22-38-pmHow does SheEO work?  First, it’s a global collaboration network creating communities of 1,000 women in locations around the world.  Second, each woman in a community contributes $1,000 to what adds up to a $1m fund.  Third, the fund is then used to finance 10 local companies that are female-led, majority female-owned and have at least $50,000 in revenue.

Read more:  How radical generosity can secure $1bn in funding for women

Screenshot courtesy:  SheEO

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Women Inspiring Other Women and Opening Paths For Them

Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

Kristelle Siarza, CEO, Siarza Social Digital

According to the U.S. Census Bureau 2012 survey of business owners, 39 percent of New Mexico businesses were women-owned and the top ones brought in over $362 million in revenue in 2015.  That percentage is expected to rise to a solid 40 percent in 2017.

Women have come a long way in the workplace, not just in leadership roles, but in the industries where jobs are available.

Find out who inspires them:  Women business owners talk about who inspires them

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