Cambodian women entrepreneurs graduate with new business skills

Cambodia Investment Review

Three Hundred Fifty Cambodian women graduated from the “Business Network Strengthening program” funded by the United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Women Entrepreneurs Act (WE Act) Project and implemented by Support Her Enterprise (SHE) Investments.

The project supports young women entrepreneurs in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Kampong Cham, Kampot, and Battambang to grow their micro-sized businesses.

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“We are proud to have supported a large number of young women entrepreneurs through our WE Act program and SHE Investments,” said Ms. Rebecca Black, USAID/Cambodia Acting Mission Director.

Ms. Rebecca Black, USAID/Cambodia Acting Mission Director.

“Women entrepreneurs play a vital role in enriching the civic and political life of democratic societies not only by owning and growing their businesses but also by working together through business associations to influence policy.”

Business Network Strengthening program for Young Women Entrepreneurs

More than 160 young women entrepreneurs, representatives from NGO partners, the Ministries of Women Affairs and Economy and Finance, and the National Bank of Cambodia attended the graduation event.  

Her Excellency Koung Sorita, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Women Affairs, and Ms. Rebecca Black handed certificates to the graduates.

Her Excellency Koung Sorita, Undersecretary of State of the Ministry of Women Affairs.

Business Network Strengthening program for Young Women Entrepreneurs is a three-year project implemented by SHE Investments with financial support from USAID through the WE Act Project, managed by Pact Cambodia.

SHE Investments organized 6 incubators , 10 Financial literacy , 2 mini grants and through those program there are 113 Incubator Program Graduates, 171 FL graduates, 66 Covid-19 recovery mini-grants graduates.

Programs offering a wide range of opportunities including mentoring and coaching

Services include role-model videos and membership programs offering a wide range of opportunities including mentoring and coaching to the businesswomen

“The young women entrepreneurs who participated in this project have built a greater sense of confidence and ownership of their businesses in what has been an extremely difficult time due to the impact of COVID-19,” said Ms. Keisha Gani, Acting Country Manager and Head of Operation at SHE Investments.

The program has supported supported a large number of young women entrepreneurs through the WE Act program and SHE Investments.

“The training, networking events, and other resources provided to them throughout this project will not only strengthen this community of women who continue to grow their business, but also lead to social, economic, and environmental impact.”

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