Camille’s Story: growing children into leaders
Camille runs a school in Guyana. Our HerVenture programme supported her to strengthen her business.
We need more leaders with higher levels of emotional intelligence, as women tend to have.
Camille Deokie’s passion is helping children grow into tomorrow’s leaders. Our HerVenture app supported her to strengthen her business so that she can pursue her goal of transforming Guyana’s education system.
“My name is Camille Deokie and I am the founder and CEO of Camille’s Academy in Georgetown, Guyana. I have been involved in the education sector for more than 25 years. I chose to become an entrepreneur out of a passion for helping children – seeing them grow and evolve into the leaders of tomorrow.
One of the major challenges I have faced as a woman entrepreneur is access to finance... I can approach the bank now with higher chances of receiving a loan to expand my business.
The HerVenture app has guided me on my entrepreneurial journey, especially in areas such as digital marketing and financial planning. The training in social media marketing has elevated our digital presence, and from time to time I find myself going back to reflect on the teachings.
One of the major challenges I have faced as a woman entrepreneur is access to finance. The HerVenture app has assisted me in this regard too. I have learned how to prepare a solid business proposal, calculate financial projections and negotiate with more confidence. I can approach the bank now with higher chances of receiving a loan to expand my business.
Being a mobile app, HerVenture has afforded me the flexibility of logging on whenever it suits me. This way, I get to complete modules in my spare time or whenever I have access to the internet. As a visual learner, I have particularly enjoyed the videos that accompany the lessons.
My goal is to contribute to the transformation of the educational system in Guyana. The youth represent the future, so ensuring quality education is very important. For us to thrive as a nation, we need to invest a lot of resources in building the capacity of our people, thus ensuring a better future for our country.
I believe it is also vital to support women entrepreneurs, for ‘if you educate a man, you educate an individual – but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation’, as the saying goes. This speaks to the ripple effects of empowering women. Especially now, in the 21st century, we need more leaders with higher levels of emotional intelligence, as women tend to have. In supporting women, we are thus creating better world leaders that will allow us to evolve, not just as a nation, but globally.”
My goal is to contribute to the transformation of the educational system in Guyana. The youth represent the future, so ensuring quality education is very important.
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