Over 40 women in Region 6 benefit from business development training


On Tuesday, at the Berbice Chamber of Commerce, New Amsterdam, 42 women attended a business training session aimed at empowering women entrepreneurs.

The HerVenture programme, one of many, under the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in the UK, is a mobile learning platform which provides women with the knowledge and the flexibility to learn business related content at their pace in collaboration with the Exxonmobil Foundation, ActionInvest Caribbean Inc., GTT and MMG.

“As President of the Berbice Chamber of Commerce, I am absolutely thrilled to partner with the HerVenture app. The chamber believes that through these initiatives we are able to fulfill our mandate to empower entrepreneurs with the necessary skill set to be successful in the new Guyana economy, and we will continue to expand these programs to capture more persons,” Ryan Alexander expressed.

He further noted that the next event of this nature will capture a wider group of entrepreneurs in the region.

Presenters were Coach Premendra Parsan, a business coach with ActionCOACH Guyana, Selena Bacchus, programme manager for HerVenture Guyana and UK Senior Programme manager of the Cherie Blair Foundation, Leanne Baker.

Touching on what attitudes to have in business was Coach Premendra, who actively engaged the women to think constructively and positively. Baker then spread awareness on the vision and long-term goal of financial independence for women globally.

Bacchus took it away after diving into an interactive session where the women engaged and utilized networking techniques and skills.

This was just one of the many other solutions geared at empowering current and future women entrepreneurs to better manage themselves, finances and at large their businesses.

Senior Programme Manager for the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women in the United Kingdom, emphasized the foundation’s mandate to equip women entrepreneurs with the skills needed to thrive in today’s society, especially while balancing their other commitments. Ms. Baker, whose responsibility is to oversee Guyana and Nigeria’s rollout of the HerVenture App, was pleased with today’s turn out, and the enthusiasm and engagement she witnessed.

Future plans for Guyana, includes the roll-out of the Foundation’s flagship mentorship program which matches the female entrepreneur with a mentor, living in Guyana or Globally based on the specific needs of that entrepreneur.  The current programs facilitated in Guyana include the HerVenture app, Road to Growth and Road to Finance trainings, with the Mentorship programme and Road2Leadership trainings on the horizon. (ActionInvest press release)



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