US STARTS EMPOWERMENT DRIVE FOR LOCAL WOMEN

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By ANNIE ZULU

THE U.S. Embassy, Women’s Entrepreneurial Centre of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE), and BongoHive are accepting applications for the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE).

In a statement made available to the Daily Nation by the Embassy of the United States of America Information Specialist to Zambia Zarina Geloo, the application process would go on until Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

Ms Geloo said as part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, AWE Zambia would begin with equipping 30 women from Lusaka with practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises.

She said prospects could visit the Facebook and Twitter pages of the U.S. Embassy, WECREATE-Zambia, or BongoHive to complete the online application and receive additional information.

“Zambia is among 26 pilot countries worldwide participating in the AWE program.  WECREATE-Zambia and BongoHive will conduct business training sessions for women entrepreneurs in Lusaka to accompany a facilitated massive open online course called “DreamBuilder.”  After the first cohort, AWE Zambia endeavors to expand beyond Lusaka,” Ms Geloo said.

In March, the U.S. Department of State launched AWE to support women entrepreneurs around the world. 

The U.S. Embassy’s partnership with WECREATE-Zambia and BongoHive constitutes part of the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment to help Zambia create a better economic future. 

This partnership helps to fulfil women’s economic potential, and in doing so, creates conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.

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