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Uplifting Women Worldwide Economically

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New Delhi, India Chief Minister Mukul Sangma has a desire to “desire to partner with FICCI Ladies Organisation (FLO) to enhance the socio-economic position of women in the matrilineal state.”

He also added that:

… promoting woman entrepreneurship is crucial in the fight against poverty and felt for the need to have access to financial resources, a legal framework of non-discriminatory regime and a woman friendly economic system for women entrepreneurs.

Read more:  CM for socio-economic uplift of women

Note:  Don’t miss our next WEGG webinar 4/13 on how to negotiate a winning foreign distributor agreement and presented by expert Doris Nagel.  Register here.  Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.

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Women as Accelerators

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At WEGG, we believe in empowering women economically, through global trade education and employment, so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.  If leveraged properly, we have the ability to generate an economic surge for communities, nations, and the world.

Take this statistic, for example:

While significant strides have been made to improve the quality of life of the world’s citizens, global poverty remains at the root of many societal problems. Lifting the remaining 1.2 billion individuals out of extreme poverty will require even more innovative solutions, and, most importantly, a keen focus on a population that has too long been under tapped – women. Women hold a key to sustained and accelerated economic growth and the achievement of poverty eradication in this century.

Read the entire article:  Gender as an accelerator – Government 2020

Note: Don’t miss our upcoming WEGG webinar April 13th at 11:00 a.m. Central time and presented by Doris Nagel, Founder, Blue Sky Consulting Services, who will provide tips on how to successfully negotiate a good cross-border distribution agreement, including: governing law, warranties, insurance, shipping and logistics, anti-corruption, and considerations in enforcing your agreement.  The webinar is no charge but you must register to attend: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6798724970214043394. See you there!

Best Practices in Promoting Women’s Entrepreneurship in China

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In launching a national workshop to promote women’s development in Yiwu, east China’s Zhejiang Province, the All-China Women’s Federation (ACWF) provides women entrepreneurs with a broad stage for future growth and development on all levels, including business ownership.

The training course presented some of the latest opportunities and challenges in women’s development in light of the ongoing reforms of mass organizations and the Communist Youth League. Organizers summarized and shared their experiences on good practices and in promoting women’s entrepreneurship and innovation, in serving women’s development needs, as well as arranging future work in a proven way.

Read more:  Women’s Development Workshop Launched in E China

Photo courtesy:  Cui Yu, vice-president and member of the Secretariat of the ACWF.

Due to Challenges in India, Women Become Entrepreneurs

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An all-women fish-pickle unit based in Chennai-India, operated and owned by Sea Dot, a self-help group of female fish workers whose communities were shattered by the tsunami of Dec. 26, 2004, has become a way to build back lives for the women’s families after the destruction of their houses and fishing boats.

Many of the women involved in Sea Dot have no other skills then to do what they are doing so the thought of losing their jobs is scary but not as frightening as what they have already been through with the tsunami.

What the women have learned in the course of rebuilding their lives is how to run a community business efficiently and become entrepreneurs:

In 2008, the women took charge of the unit, overseeing its official registration in the name of their self-help group and bar-coded to identify their products worldwide. They divided responsibilities for purchase of raw materials, managing accounts, marketing, maintenance, quality control and redress grievances.

There’s no turning back on thriving.  Read the entire article:  Women of the Tsunami Face Business Survival Test

Photo Credit: chicsnap_sp

Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

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Empowering Kenyan women.

It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund:

A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons.

Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya?

Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally doesn’t inherit her husband’s land.  Instead, the land,  along with all of his possessions, go to his brothers or other family members.

So the funding provides a three-pronged solution for women who need to get back on their feet to make a living, take care of their family and start a micro-enterprise.

Learn more:  Jewelry Startup Funds Micro-Loans in Kenya

Photo Credit: CGIAR Climate

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Carry the Weight of Water on Their Backs in Developing Countries

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According to Gemma Bulos in her article “Water, Dignity and Sustainable Livelihoods for Women in Kenya,” women outnumber male entrepreneurs in developing economies because they face higher barriers to entry in the formal labor market and have to resort to entrepreneurship as a way out of poverty.

From Africa to Asia and elsewhere around the globe, the containers, the clothes, and the scenery may be different but the experience is the same. Women carry the weight of water on their backs, literally and figuratively. Worldwide, it is estimated that on a single day women can spend over 200 billion collective hours fetching water. It is difficult to imagine how little water some families, like this one in Kenya, have available on a daily basis – less water than two flushes of our Western toilet. Consider the opportunities lost for women and girls when their day is spent on water-related chores.

Read the entire article here.

Photo courtesy:  One Laptop Per Child

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Invent Something That Can Lift Your Neighbors Out of Poverty

The Wonderbag

The Wonderbag

South African Sarah Collins, who grew up under apartheid, was driven to become an entrepreneur so she could invent something that would help lift her neighbors out of poverty.

She tried earthworm farms and co-op vegetable crops, yet never got very far until a countrywide electricity shortage caused rolling blackouts in 2007 and she was forced to figure out a way to keep her dinner warm without power. She remembered her grandmother used to use couch cushions to keep pots of soup warm.

Collins made a prototype called Wonderbag with the help of an African seamstress. Her invention would mean an end to women spending several hours or more a day cooking and hunting for firewood, a backbreaking chore made even more dangerous by rapists who have been known to prey on women who gather cook-fire fuel alone.  Wonderbag allows women to work the way they want to.  Better yet, for each Wonderbag purchased in the United States, one is donated to a woman in Africa.

Read the entire article here.  Check out Wonderbag at Amazon and the Wonderbag home site.

Photo courtesy:  Wonderbag

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Note:  For information on how to set up an Amazon store just like Sarah did for Wonderbag, read Chapter 7, “Using e-Commerce and Social Media Sites as Stepping Stones to Export Success,” in my new book:  Exporting:  The Definitive Guide To Selling Abroad Profitably.

A World Where Women Have a Voice and Excel

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Cherie Blair (pictured) has it right.  She’s developed the Cherie Blair Foundation (2008) to help women build small and growing businesses in developing and emerging markets so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.

The Foundation’s vision is:

A world where women have equal opportunities and the capability, confidence and capital necessary to establish and grow businesses, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole.

Visit the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

And be sure to catch the latest initiative involving the launch of Business Women in Tanzania – a mobile service to reach an additional 75,000 women entrepreneurs!

Photo courtesy:  Medill DC


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