LUSAKA— On March 6, 2019, the U.S. Department of State launched the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program to support women entrepreneurs around the world. As part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, AWE aims to equip women with practical skills needed to create sustainable businesses and enterprises. At its core, AWE will expose potential women entrepreneurs to an educational opportunity that combines in-person training sessions and a facilitated massive open online course (MOOC) called “DreamBuilder.”
Zambia is among 26 pilot countries worldwide selected to participate in the AWE program. The U.S. Embassy is partnering with the Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) Zambia and business innovation hub BongoHive to implement the program.
With a $30,000 grant, WECREATE-Zambia and BongoHive will conduct business training sessions for 100 women entrepreneurs in Zambia. WECREATE Zambia and BongoHive will run an AWE Accelerator Challenge and the most progressive entrepreneurs receive seed funding to jumpstart their businesses.
U.S. Embassy’s partnership with WECREATE-Zambia and BongoHive is 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 fulfill women’s economic potential, and in doing so, creates conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.
Please visit https://eca.state.gov/awe for more information about the AWE program.