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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.

 

The Role of Women Entrepreneurs in Emerging Markets

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Four female entrepreneurs (as shown above) weigh in on four key questions concerning the role of entrepreneurship in emerging markets:

  1. What opportunities do entrepreneurs in emerging markets have?
  2. How do you see entrepreneurship fitting into the economic-development picture in emerging markets?
  3. How may women entrepreneurs break through barriers in emerging markets?
  4. How can governments—both in emerging and established economies—help create conditions necessary to sustain and scale businesses?

Read the entire interview:  How to Foster Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets — A Q&A with Four Entrepreneurs on the Global Startup Landscape

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.

Women’s Participation in Exporting

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We are excited to learn that the National Women’s Business Council (NWBC) is working on an extensive study, “Women’s Participation in Exporting,” which will:

Initiate the creation of a dataset similar to the data analyzed by Barbara Orser in her 2011 paper in the 2015 fiscal year. The SBA Office of Advocacy has expressed interest as well; together, the NWBC and the Office of Advocacy have opened discussions with Census about “contracting” this research to their office. A report analyzing the data would potentially commence in FY2016.

Together with NWBC, we know that encouraging women-owned, women-led firms to internationalize represents an economic development opportunity.

NWBC says:

Without accurate information about the influence of gender, opportunities for growth and international trade may not realize their full potential, possibly leading to sub-optimal economic welfare.

We look forward to working with the NWBC to help make this project a success and will share with all of you progress updates as they become available.

Screenshot courtesy:  Canadian Women Entrepreneurs, Research and Public Policy:  A Review of Literature


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