LUSAKA—The U.S. Embassy and Women’s Entrepreneurship Access Center (WEAC) Zambia have launched applications for phase two for the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) until Monday, August 31, 2020. As part of the White House-led Women’s Global Development and Prosperity initiative, AWE’s goal is to empower women with the knowledge, tools, and resources needed to start and grow their businesses. A total of 150 women between the ages of 18 and 65 will be selected to participate in the program. Interested applicants can visit the web link: https://forms.gle/G3cPKa9k3azNRAnt8 to complete the online application.
Phase one of the AWE program started in July 2019 and concluded in July 2020. WEAC Zambia and BongoHive implemented the program for 100 participants in Lusaka. Phase two of AWE has expanded beyond Lusaka into Kitwe and Ndola. WEAC Zambia will conduct business training sessions for women entrepreneurs in the three cities based on an online course called “DreamBuilder” with the facilitation of experienced business coaches. Participants who successfully complete the training will qualify to compete for grant seed funding from the United States African Development Foundation.
Zambia is among 51 countries worldwide participating in the AWE program launched globally in March 2019 by U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Embassy’s continued partnership with WEAC Zambia (formerly WECREATE Zambia) highlights 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.