Our WEAVE initiative supported over 12,000 women across Vietnam and Indonesia from 2020-2021.
Using mobile and online learning to bring entrepreneurship skills to over 12,000 women in Vietnam & Indonesia.
Women Entrepreneurs Amplifying Ventures and Economies (WEAVE) was a Cherie Blair Foundation for Women programme that used digital technology to support, empower and bring entrepreneurship skills to over 12,000 women running small and growing businesses in Vietnam and Indonesia.
WEAVE was delivered from May 2020 to November 2021. The programme promoted women’s economic empowerment through a three phased “learning journey” tailored to women’s progression within their business’ development: mobile learning app HerVenture, online business management and investment readiness programme Road to Growth, and online professional mentoring with a carefully-matched expert business mentor through our Mentoring Women in Business programme. We also piloted our new leadership and influencing training offered as a bolt-on to Road to Growth and found high demand for this type of soft skills training.
WEAVE was delivered collaboratively by the Foundation, Qualcomm® Wireless Reach™, and local, in-country implementing partners Kinara (Indonesia) and WISE (Vietnam), with funding from the former Women’s Global Development and Prosperity (W-GDP) Initiative, with technology and assets developed in partnership with ExxonMobil Foundation. The contract was awarded by the ASEAN-USAID Inclusive Growth in ASEAN through Innovation, Trade, and E-Commerce (ASEAN-USAID IGNITE) program, a USAID-funded activity.
WEAVE was the first initiative by the Foundation to bring together all three of the Foundation’s flagship programmes. It aimed to promote the economic empowerment of women entrepreneurs in Indonesia and Vietnam through a three phased “learning journey” delivered over 17 months:
- Phase 1 — HerVenture, a mobile learning app: 3,900 women entrepreneurs in Indonesia and 8,320 women entrepreneurs in Vietnam began their learning journey by downloading the Foundation’s flagship HerVenture business skills learning app to their mobile phones.
- Phase 2 — Road to Growth is the Foundation’s flagship intensive business management and investment readiness programme for women entrepreneurs. 177 women in Vietnam and 89 women in Indonesia progressed from HerVenture into Road to Growth, training online for seven weeks.
- Phase 3 — Mentoring Women in Business: 60 women in Indonesia and 45 women in Vietnam, identified by their potential and commitment to scaling their business, were paired with a business mentor as part of our flagship Mentoring Women in Business programme. They met their mentor online on a regular basis for six months.
The Foundation also developed a new Leadership and Influencing training, offered as a bolt on to Road to Growth, to strengthen women entrepreneurs’ leadership, influencing and communication skills, which are critical for them to tackle systematic and cultural barriers within their ecosystems. This training was taken by 67 women in Vietnam and 45 women in Indonesia.
Bringing an internationally designed program to a local context required a lot of adaptation and customization, and we were happy to receive timely and valuable support from the Foundation’s team to ensure that the WEAVE trainings are tailored to the Vietnamese context.