Strengthening women-run businesses

 
 
Country

Botswana

Thematic area

Access to economic resources

Duration

2013-2016

 
 
  • Three women supported through the project came to Paris to receive training from textile and leather goods professionals.
    Three women supported through the project came to Paris to receive training from textile and leather goods professionals.
  • In May 2016, a conference gathering all female entrepreneurs, mentors and local institutions took place to consolidate the network.
    In May 2016, a conference gathering all female entrepreneurs, mentors and local institutions took place to consolidate the network.
  • A female entrepreneur in front of her sportswear shop.
    A female entrepreneur in front of her sportswear shop.

The context

Botswana is highly dependent on the mining sector and has been heavily affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in recent years. The growth of entrepreneurship, in particular among women, can play a key role in economic development and the reduction of poverty.

 
 

The project

The Centre for the Development of Enterprise (CDE) tailored a support program for women who lead small and medium-sized businesses in sectors such as tourism, leather goods, and textiles.  The aim of the program was to increase the competiveness of each enterprise and potentially create new jobs. On the basis of a thorough assessment, each company benefited from customized skills-based training on management, communication, and finance.

 
 

The support

Fondation CHANEL was involved alongside the CDE from the beginning of the project to increase the competitiveness of enterprises created by women.

Under the partnership, 35 female entrepreneurs received technical support, audit, and expertise transfers.

The results

  • This project gave visibility to female entrepreneurs in Botswana and created a dynamic network, which helped to improve their business management skills.
  • 35 women entrepreneurs could improve the management of their company and strengthen their skills and leadership
  • 3 businesswomen supported through the project enhanced their skills by attending a training session in Paris with textile and leather goods professionals.
  • In May 2016, a conference gathering all female entrepreneurs, mentors and local institutions took place to unite the network.

 
 

The partner

The Centre for Development of Enterprise (CDE) is a joint institution of the ACP (African, Caribbean and Pacific) and the European Union (EU). It supports the implementation of private sector development strategies in the ACP countries by providing non-financial services (consultancy services, technical assistance, studies, training).

 
 
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