“I want to show the local communities that female business is doable, female business is possible...[and that success is] possible without any stigmas or stereotypes.”
-Tatyana Mikayilova, POWER trainer and educator
Since March 2019, the U.S. Department of State has been providing business training to women entrepreneurs in other countries through their program, Providing Opportunities for Women’s Economic Rise (POWER). wegg® is thrilled that international women have been able to receive empowerment through this enterprise.
A feature on POWER by Noelani Kirschner of ShareAmerica explains that it has completed successful projects in “Mexico, Indonesia, Bahrain, and Azerbaijan, with more programming planned in countries like Montenegro, Brazil, and the Marshall Islands.” POWER “works with U.S. missions abroad to give female business owners in numerous countries the training and support they need to grow their businesses, in part by connecting them to the U.S. private sector,” Kirschner writes.
One of POWER’s success stories is Rena Alimardanova, who runs, “both a winery and a rice farm in Azerbaijan while raising three children.” Alimardanova sought out POWER’s help with juggling her work and family lives and setting priorities. Alimardanova and twenty other women attended a training called, “Scale Up Accelerator,” which, “focused on management, networking, and mentorship.”
When given the resources, tools, and recognition, there is no limit to what global women entrepreneurs can achieve. By bringing women together to learn from each other, women in business foster lifelong professional and personal partnerships.