That’s why Accenture is working with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women to provide African women with the financial and business training they need to be successful entrepreneurs.
The program provides online training modules on a wide range of issues, including business plan development and investor-readiness. Accenture people serve as mentors for the women in the Foundation’s global virtual network.
To date, our partnership has led to:
women entrepreneurs trained
businesses sustained or created
Olayinka wanted to build her own logistics business in Nigeria but as a woman in a male-dominated sector, she lacked role models and support. With help from her Madrid-based mentor, Olayinka developed a business plan and launched a logistics company for the oil and gas industry in 2015. She has earned revenues of more than $200,000 and quadrupled her number of clients.
Beata runs a small business buying and selling vegetables in Rwanda. The Skilling for Change training helped Beata develop new strategies for growth and gain crucial financial skills. As a result, her monthly income has tripled and she has set up a new enterprise selling eggs.
Claudette was a small business owner in Rwanda, but with limited business skills, her enterprise collapsed. After taking the Skilling for Change enterprise development training, she rebuilt her business and is earning a steady monthly profit. She hopes to use this income to send her daughter to university.
“It has been fulfilling to help a strong and smart woman build her own logistics business in Nigeria. I feel privileged to have mentored her and see how her hard work, passion and perseverance have surpassed her own expectations!”
Olga Hernandez, Associate Manager - Accenture
“At Accenture, we share Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s vision of supporting female talent and contributing to this goal embodies the values we stand for as an organization.”
Rachel Barton, Managing Director - Accenture Strategy
“Through our partnership with Accenture, more than 16,000 women in Rwanda have developed the skills to secure long-term economic independence. These inspiring women are building brighter futures for themselves, their families and their communities.”
Clare Twelvetrees, Interim CIO - Cherie Blair Foundation for Women
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