The African Women Initiatives (AWI) Foundation officially launched, on Tuesday, June 14, its incubation program called “AWI TALENTS”, which is a growth accelerator for women in small agro-industry in Côte d’Ivoire. . This incubation program will take place over three months and will be held at the headquarters of the AWI Foundation, located at the Riviera Golf.
According to the coordinator of the Arnaud Boni Foundation, “AWI TALENTS” will consist in training and upgrading women entrepreneurs in small agro-processing. This, in order to give them the means to increase the visibility of their companies. This program also aims to develop a network of mentors and business partners for women, and especially to enable them to access resources to finance their activities.
Fifteen (15) women constitute the first cohort of this incubation program. During the training, they will be accompanied by mentors who have proven themselves in the field of agro-processing. The first training session will begin on Thursday, June 16, 2022 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the premises of the AWI Foundation. The beneficiaries were presented at the launch ceremony.
“By choosing me, the AWI Foundation wanted to show that digital is very important for your activities. You cannot do anything without this tool. We’re here to help review your relationship with digital and get the most out of it, to promote your business. Knowing your market and your customers is important. Do not come as a tourist to these capacity building sessions. I therefore invite you to broaden your vision”, urged Gertrude Koné Kouassi, Executive Director of UNETEL, godmother of the first cohort.
The PCA of the AWI Foundation, Mariam Fadiga Fofana thanked the support structures, the technical and financial partners, the trainers, the mentors etc. for having honored with their presence at this ceremony. Also, she invited the beneficiaries to seize the opportunity offered to them. “We take this opportunity to appeal to microfinance institutions, banks, donors, as well as sub-regional and international organizations, so that they can support the “AWI Talents” program, a- she indicated. A call for applications was launched from May 19 to June 6, 2022, in order to profile the beneficiaries of the program.
On the sidelines of this activity, the winners of the AWI BOOST prize for the months of March, April and May each received their prize of 100,000 FCFA.
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Author: LDA Journalist