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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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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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Announcing the release of our 2014 Annual Report

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Announcing the release of our 2014 Annual ReportUncategorized

I am delighted to announce the launch of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women’s sixth annual report. The last financial year has been another fantastic period of growth and achievement, as we have focused on evaluating our existing projects to understand what truly works best to empower women entrepreneurs, as well as seeking to expand …

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