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Teach a Woman to Fish & Go Global, and You’ll Feed Her & Her Business for a Lifetime

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Everyone knows the classic adage, “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.”

But wegg® knows, “Give a woman a fish, and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish and go global, and you feed her and her business for a lifetime.” This idea is the essence of wegg®’s mission: “to educate, inspire and nurture women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to go global, so they can run healthier businesses and create a new future for themselves, their families and their community.”

Our goal as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization is to teach the women entrepreneurs of the world how to take their businesses global, and we are always thrilled to hear about the triumphs of women entrepreneurs around the world. Recently, we read a New York Times article covering the reform of Rwanda’s fishing industry, from an exclusively male world, to a community of women entrepreneurs. Author Shannon Sims describes the change,

“The intense physical work and danger that comes with fishing on Lake Kivu, along with reinforcement from traditional gender roles, kept women from fishing for generations, tending to backyard farms instead. But in post-genocide Rwanda, that seems to be changing. Today, women form an essential part of the national market for Lake Kivu fish. Besides fishing on the lake at night, women also gather along the shores in the early morning to buy the fish the fisherwomen deliver. They then haul those fish home to their small villages, or sell the fish to cooperatives.”

This newfound emphasis of women on the business side of Rwanda’s fish economy has inspired the development of Projet Pêche, a fishing cooperative made up of 87 women, in Kibuye, a town along the banks of Lake Kivu. This collective has had a supremely positive impact on the lives of Rwandan women. Just listen to one woman, Bonifrida Mukabideri’s, account,

“A lot of women have used the cooperatives to fight poverty. Here in Rwanda we now have the idea that women and men can do every job…Now a woman can say: ‘I can build a house by myself. I can look after my family properly. And even if my husband dies, we can live a better life.’”

wegg® would love to help global women entrepreneurs like Mukabideri feed themselves, their families, and their communities for a lifetime…by fostering an expanding global business that thrives for generations. For more information on the resources wegg® has to offer women entrepreneurs, check out our education page.

 

Make Your Global Online Shoppers Feel at Home Wherever They Are

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Registration is still open for our FREE November 7th, 2018 wegginar®, with presenter Cristina Bandal, Industry Segment Manager of Retail and Consumer Goods for UPS.

Cristina has an extensive career with UPS, working within the marketing functions. She has worked with merchants in the retail and high tech industries. Cristina makes customer experiences valuable, by improving the shopper’s experiences. Her most recent assignment helps enable merchants to sell outside the US through UPS technology.

If 95% of the worlds population lives outside the US, why are some merchants still only selling to the domestic market? Complex rules, costly risks and high transportation costs make it difficult for small businesses to merge into new markets. UPS i-parcel not only offers a solution to these merchants, but provides a frictionless experience to international consumers.

wegginar® participants can expect to learn how to…

  1. Offer international consumers the same shopping experience on your website that you offer to shoppers in the US.

  2. Avoid complicated and costly international shipping that will ultimately improve your conversion rate.
  3. Enable new international markets with just a click and reach a world of consumers.
  4. Make your online shoppers feel at home anywhere

wegg® aims to make resources for going global accessible to all women entrepreneurs, and our wegginars® are free thanks to our sponsors. To register for the event, visit this link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8810009934736118275 

How Jordanian Women Are Making Progress Toward Gender Equality

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Jordan is considered one of the more progressive countries in the Middle East for women’s rights, and has established a legacy focused on the positive future of gender equality.  Want to learn more about Jordan and meet with top female leaders and everyday Jordanian women to learn how the country is going about making progress toward gender equality?  Your wish is about to come true.

A 10-day journey is coming up on August 29, 2016.  Take a look at the following information now to determine if you want to participate in the program (prices start at U.S. $6,795 per person).  Here’s a glimpse of the itinerary:

  1. Welcome to Jordan
  2. Jordan’s Capital City
  3. Female Cooperatives in Jordan
  4. Female Inheritance and Ownership
  5. Aqaba and the Red Sea
  6. A Night in the Valley of the Moon
  7. The Ancient City of Petra
  8. Nabatean Pottery and Amman
  9. Women in the Arts
  10. Homeward Bound

Learn more:  The Women of Jordan

Note:  Our next WEGG webinar is held on 3/2 and is about how to protect your intellectual property.  It’s no charge.  Get more details and register here.

10 Myths On Why Women Don’t Go Abroad

Stacie Nevadomski Berdan dispells ten myths on why women don’t go abroad.

First, here’s a snippet of an interesting fact:

According to a recent study by ANZ recruitment agency Hydrogen Group, women who want to further their career should work overseas.  All of the 2,637 professional women surveyed in Global Professionals on the Move 2011 said they would recommend working abroad.

Read the entire article:

Women Move Up by Moving Overseas

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Daring to Dare Yourself: Thrillophilia

Meet Ms. Chitra Gurnani, co-founder of Thrillophilia (established 2008), which offers different adventure sport trips in India.  They cater to various sports such as trekking, rafting and camping.  It’s considered a one-spot destination shop of adventure in India.

Dare to dare yourself.  Learn more:

Thrillophilia Adventure Tours Pvt. Ltd.

And pay a visit to their blogChitra Gurnani LinkedIn

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Eat, Pray, Love and Go Global

For women worldwide who read the book, “Eat, Pray, Love” by American author Elizabeth Gilbert and see the movie starring Julia Roberts (pictured), how might you take a similar journey to Gilbert’s but turn the global experience into a successful business at the same time?

Snippet:

Could the real Elizabeth Gilbert have survived her divorce without leaving New York?  Maybe.  I mean, probably.  I think it’s safe to assume she would have gone on breathing, like the rest of us.  But would she have become who she is today?  Doubtful.  After all, the whole point of Gilbert’s global journey was to find herself – to define herself in a way that had nothing to do with her career or her past loves.

Read more here.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Do’s and Taboos For Women Conducting Business Worldwide

Do’s and Taboos Around the World for Women in Business has been around for a number of years. The co-author, Roger E. Axtell, with more than 30 years of experience in international trade, has written several books with the same theme of Do’s and Taboos (e.g., Around the World and of International Trade — the first one was published around 1985). But this book, in particular, may be interest to you if you want to seriously learn the rules of the world for conducting business as a businesswoman.

From the publisher:

This invaluable resource features tips on everything from traveling safely and wardrobe to helpful advice on balancing an international career with family life. Draws on the experiences of more than 100 men and women who have succeeded in international business and addresses a wide range of do’s and taboos faced by women working or living abroad: from body language to health concerns to dating and sex. Offers country-by-country listing of the rules for proper dress, speech, table manners, etc., and resources listing the best schools, courses, and language training, advice on finding mentors, and more.

Learn more and purchase the book here.

Posted by: Laurel Delaney

Gifts For Globetrotters That Keep On Giving

If you looking for special gifts this year that “give back,” take a look at some of the suggestions Carol Pucci, Seattle Times Newspaper staff columnist makes in her latest column.

“Giving back: Holiday gift ideas for travelers”

Here’s a sneak preview of a few:

• Help someone interested in world travel connect with a sweet-potato seller in Tanzania or a butcher in Nicaragua through Kiva.org. This is the San Francisco nonprofit that uses the Internet to link small lenders with entrepreneurs in 187 countries, including the United States.

•  Gifts made by women in Nepal are for sale at Global Daughter (www.globaldaughter.com), an online fair-trade boutique started by Seattleites Erin Miller and Erika Mosebach.

•  Eugene, Ore.-based Friendship with Cambodia plans an 11-day trip in January that will weave sightseeing at the Angkor Wat temples with humanitarian work such as taking children from families with AIDS on a field trip. Details at www.friendshipwithcambodia.org.

And one that I track via a wonderful newsletter is Global Girlfriend.  Any other ideas and suggestions?

Pictured:  Peruvian Blooming Luggage Tag at Global Girlfriend.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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