U.S. Embassy launches 2021 Academy for Women Entrepreneurs program
SUVA – United States Chargé d’Affaires Tony Greubel hosted virtually more than 100 Fijian women entrepreneurs to celebrate the launch of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program for 2021. AWE is designed to further improve skills of women entrepreneurs in business and marketing. Seven groups of 20 to 25 women across Viti Levu and Vanua Levu will start workshops in June 2021 consisting of online training coupled with the facilitation of a mentor.
The U.S. Embassy is proud to partner with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) and the Makoi Women’s Vocational Center to manage the AWE program. US Department of State funding of US $ 23,000 (FJ $ 46,840) will enable 170 women to acquire skills that can be directly and immediately applied to building or improving their businesses.
CDA Greubel said: “This year, women entrepreneurs and start-ups will receive mixed online and in-person instruction from AWE facilitators. Facilitators and their peers will then contextualize the material into something achievable. This is peer-to-peer learning combined with local mentoring. The model works! “
The 170 selected participants come from diverse backgrounds and levels of expertise. Beyond learning in the academy, they will continue to be mentored and encouraged to share, learn and network with AWE alumni and their group members. The Embassy will highlight the progress and successes of AWE 2021 program participants on social media over the next seven months. The U.S. Embassy looks forward to seeing participants succeed well beyond program completion.