The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s flagship business skills training programme Road to Growth is delivered to women entrepreneurs in Guyana for the first time. This latest iteration of Road to Growth follows the successful roll-out of the Foundation’s flagship training programme for women entrepreneurs in Mexico, Nigeria, Kenya, Vietnam and Indonesia, reaching over 2,600 women so far.
Road to Growth builds business skills, financial literacy, networks and confidence through digital learning tools. This pilot programme is delivered thanks to funding from our partner ExxonMobil Foundation, and will bring crucial entrepreneurial skills and support to a select group of 25 Guyanese women in Autumn 2021.
This new programme comes at an important time. Globally there is up to $5 trillion dollars missing from the global economy due to the gender gap in entrepreneurship, which, given the worldwide economic collapse caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is money we cannot afford to miss out on. On top of this, existing inequalities between women and men have been exacerbated through the COVID-19 pandemic and half or more of early stage entrepreneurs in the Latin America and Caribbean region reported that starting a businesses is harder now than a year ago due to the pandemic.
This initial phase of Road to Growth will be delivered mainly online:
25 women will be selected to undertake an intensive, seven-week financial literacy and investment readiness training course. The course, delivered mainly online both due to the ongoing need for social distancing and to increase availability, will be structured around the Foundation’s custom-built ‘Road to Growth’ learning curriculum. This stage will also present the women with networking opportunities within the group, which serve as highly successful professional and personal support systems, as demonstrated by experiences of previous cohorts of participating women.
Women entrepreneurs can find out more about the programme and apply to take part here.
The ExxonMobil Foundation is the primary philanthropic arm of Exxon Mobil Corporation. Since 2005, the ExxonMobil Foundation has helped women in developing countries fulfil their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities. To date, it has invested more than $120 million to help community-based and global partners implement programs directly benefiting tens of thousands of women in over 90 countries.
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