WECREATE Women’s Entrepreneurship Center Project

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Empowering African

Women through

Entrepreneurship

AWEP-WECREATE is a U.S. Department of State (link) public-private partnership with the Caterpillar Foundation that establishes women’s business centers in sub-Saharan Africa designed to provide a stable environment for women entrepreneurs to gain access to vital economically empowering resources. Program components include:

  • Local Ownership Plans
  • Capacity Building
  • Creating Agents of Change
  • Global Connectivity
  • Startup and Small Business Loan Programs
  • Entrepreneurial Exchanges
  • Financial Services

The African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a trade and investment initiative started by the U.S. Department of State in 2010. The program provides professional networking, business development, financing, and trade capacity building opportunities for a network of more than 1,600 women entrepreneurs and 22 women’s business associations across Africa. Participants have created more than 17,000 jobs in the region.

The Women’s Entrepreneurial Center of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) is a State Department initiative launched in 2013. The WECREATE project facilitates the development of physical entrepreneurial community centers focused on providing a safe environment for women to gain access to important resources for economic empowerment.

OVER THE NEXT TWO YEARS

7,194

New jobs

630

Certified mentors and coaches

562

New startups

120

Male & Boy entrepreneurial champions