Chau is one of the tens of thousands of women entrepreneurs to have used the HerVenture app in Vietnam. In 2020, the app supported her to learn more about accessing capital and financial management.
Do not be afraid, because there is a community of start-up companies to accompany you and support you. Chau Huyen Nguyen
Chau Huyen Nguyen is the co-founder of the Collaborative Art and Architecture Library.
She is one of the tens of thousands of women entrepreneurs to have used the HerVenture app in Vietnam. In 2020, the app supported her to learn more about accessing capital and financial management. In the video, Chau, along with HerVenture users Lam and Tran, reflect on their experiences of using the app.
My experience with HerVenture has been very enjoyable and it is easy to use. It helps me to recall and systemise business knowledge that I've learned over the years.
Chau’s social enterprise, the Collaborative Art and Architecture Library, is a creative space with a collection of nearly 4,000 specialized books and a variety of creative tools. The organisation additionally manages a variety of community improvement projects, including architectural projects like building schools for children in rural areas, providing educational infrastructure and encouraging literacy and education away from cities. Other projects encourage financial inclusion and collaboration, for example their Action for Lung Tam project, where they are creating the new Lung Tam Linen Weaving Cooperative with local people. The cooperative improves the productivity of its more than 150 female members.
Chau explained “I often have to go to remote areas across Vietnam, carrying out architectural projects to support the community, especially for women and children. I have been able to spend my time travelling from one place to another more effectively by learning through HerVenture while I’m on the go. And also, very coincidentally, [the app] can prevent car sickness!”
Chau enjoyed using the HerVenture app, telling us that “knowledge is divided on flash cards so it is very easy to learn and easy to remember. It is especially useful for people who have a lot of things on their mind or those who are forgetful like me. Currently, the lessons that I am most satisfied with are those that focus on accessing capital and financial management because that is the business training that I needed the most.”
Chau also had some advice for other entrepreneurs: “One of my tips for women who are starting a business is to not be afraid because there is a community of start-up companies to accompany and support you. Just be brave and follow your dream.”
Find out more about HerVenture in Vietnam
HerVenture is one of the Foundation's three flagship programmes, which also include Road to Growth and the Mentoring Women in Business programme. It provides women entrepreneurs of micro and small enterprises with the knowledge and skills to successfully grow their businesses. It has reached more than 41,000 women to date.
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