WEAVE (Women Entrepreneurs Amplifying Ventures and Economies)

The WEAVE initiative supported our work in Vietnam and Indonesia from 2020-2021.

Using mobile and online learning to bring entrepreneurship skills to over 15,000 women in Vietnam & Indonesia.


Women Entrepreneurs Amplifying Ventures and Economics (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. This 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.

The initiative used digital technology to support, empower and bring entrepreneurship skills to over 15,000 women running small and growing businesses in Vietnam and Indonesia.

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: 15,000 women entrepreneurs began their learning journey by downloading the Foundation’s flagship HerVenture business skills learning app to their mobile phones. Read about the app’s impact in Vietnam and Indonesia now.
  • Phase 2 — Road to Growth is the Foundation’s flagship seven-week intensive business management and investment readiness programme for women entrepreneurs. Over 360 women entrepreneurs in Vietnam and Indonesia participated in the programme.
  • Phase 3 — Mentoring Women in Business: 126 women 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 work stream, as part of WEAVE that empowers women entrepreneurs to identify and tackle systemic and structural regulatory or policy barriers within their ecosystems that may be preventing them from reaching their full potential.

Our partners:

WEAVE was supported by our partners USAID, Qualcomm and the ExxonMobil Foundation and delivered with our partners WISE (Vietnam) and Kinara (Indonesia).