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Improving The Lives Of 15,000 Women In Rwanda

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Improving The Lives Of 15,000 Women In RwandaUncategorized

By Keith Joughin, Skilling for Change Project Consultant, Accenture. This was originally posted on Business In The Community. Numbers are great, but for me, the story is far more interesting. “We’re impacting 15,000 women in Rwanda with this financial inclusion programme”, I’ve almost casually informed people over the past 12 months. However, the actual impact …

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Broadening Entrepreneurial Horizons Through Cross-cultural Exchange

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Broadening Entrepreneurial Horizons Through Cross-cultural ExchangeUncategorized

Written by Jana Zraik, a participant in our Fostering Young Israeli Women Entrepreneurs project (pictured above right) After three years of intensive studies at one of the best business schools in Israel – the Sir Harry Solomon School of Management at the Western Galilee College – I was one of twenty female students to be …

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Microfinance and women’s empowerment: Is it really helping them?

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Microfinance and women’s empowerment: Is it really helping them?Uncategorized

Written by Kim Croucher, WAM UK Steering Committee. This was originally posted on the WAM UK blog. It’s a question that has occurred to many of us who work in women’s financial inclusion and increasingly pertinent as the industry has developed and changed; whilst data and research has oftentimes been disappointing in providing a clear …

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Reflections on our Mentor Appreciation Day 2015

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Reflections on our Mentor Appreciation Day 2015Uncategorized

Here at the Foundation, we know that having a mentor can make all the difference to women entrepreneurs. Mentors provide guidance and support at crucial moments, helping to accelerate progress on the path to success. Since its inception, our Mentoring Women in Business Programme has matched 1,800 women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies with …

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A Step Towards Financial Inclusion In Nigeria: Training Women Mobile Banking Agents

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A Step Towards Financial Inclusion In Nigeria: Training Women Mobile Banking AgentsUncategorized

After an early start to beat the traffic, I take a seat next to Helen Lightcrown in her small shop, which sells hair products in the Oshodi district of Lagos. A generator is humming away outside, powering a ceiling light and a small fan which provides some relief from the heat and humidity. I’m in …

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Turning Dreams Into Reality Through The Power Of Mentoring

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Turning Dreams Into Reality Through The Power Of MentoringUncategorized

Written by Putri Hamzah, mentee with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women  Greetings from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia! My name is Putri Herma Suriani bt Hamzah and I am a Cherie Blair Foundation for Women Mentee and proud of it. When I was young, I never believed that one day I would be in business, nor did …

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Cherie speaks at EY’s Women in Leadership Summit

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Cherie speaks at EY’s Women in Leadership SummitUncategorized

Over the past 15 years EY has celebrated the successes of entrepreneurs at its annual EY World Entrepreneur Of The Year awards. This year the event spanned four days in Monaco, kicking off with the Women in Leadership Summit. Cherie was invited to speak in the afternoon session on ‘Women Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets’. In …

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Business Growth During Times of Instability: Lessons from Lebanon

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Business Growth During Times of Instability: Lessons from LebanonUncategorized

Since 2011, our Enterprise Development Programme has been working to support women entrepreneurs in Lebanon to achieve sustainable business growth by building their confidence, capability and access to financial services. The political and economic situation in Lebanon has posed serious challenges for both women entrepreneurs and our own programme, but has delivered a crucial learning …

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Cherie at the Milken Global Conference 2015

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Cherie at the Milken Global Conference 2015Uncategorized

Earlier this week Cherie was in Los Angeles, USA where she spoke at the Milken Global Conference in the plenary session “What Would You Do to Make the World Better for Women and Girls?”. Speakers included: Folorunso Alakija, Group Managing Director, The Rose of Sharon Group; Executive Vice Chairman, Famfa Oil Ltd. Patricia Arquette, Actress …

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Evaluating Our Project Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in Tanzania

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Evaluating Our Project Supporting Women Entrepreneurs in TanzaniaUncategorized

In partnership with the ExxonMobil Foundation and the Tanzania Gatsby Trust our Enterprise Development project is delivering support to 260 women entrepreneurs in Tanzania. These women are receiving tailored services and training on a range of vital skills, including business registration and rights awareness. The project, which was launched in March 2013, recently underwent its …

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