SUVA – U.S. Greffel of Business Tony Greubel welcomed more than 100 women entrepreneurs from Fiji to celebrate the launch of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program for 2021. AWE is designed to further enhance the skills of women entrepreneurs in business and marketing. Seven groups of 20-25 women across Viti Levu and Vanua Levu will begin workshops in June 2021 that will consist of online training combined with mentoring facilitation.
The U.S. Embassy is proud to partner with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) and the Makoi Women’s Vocational Center to manage the AWE program. US $ 23,000 (US $ 46,840) State Department funding will provide opportunities for 170 women to learn skill sets that can be applied directly and immediately to the creation or improvement of their business.
CDA Greubel said: “This year, women entrepreneurs and business start-ups will receive combined online and face-to-face instructions from AWE facilitators. Then the facilitators and their peers will contextualize the material into something achievable. It is peer learning paired with local tutoring. The model works! ”
The 170 selected participants come from diverse backgrounds and levels of business expertise. Beyond learning at the academy, they will continue to be guided and encouraged to share, learn and network with AWE alumni and members of their group. The embassy will highlight the progress and achievements of AWE 2021 program participants on social media over the next seven months. The U.S. Embassy expects participants to succeed far beyond the completion of the program.