The SheTrades Commonwealth Programme aims to facilitate the participation of Women-Owned Businesses (WOBs) in international trade and increase job creation in Commonwealth countries with a specific focus on Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana and Bangladesh. The programme does so by supporting women-owned businesses in these countries to:
i) increase their visibility and connect them to potential buyers, investors, suppliers and business support organizations
ii) provide capacity building trainings including e-learning courses, on-site workshops and webinars, to teach new skills that will help WOBs grow their businesses
iii) provide comprehensive support to attend national, regional and international buyer to seller trade events.
The International Trade Centre (ITC) launched the SheTrades Initiative in year (2015/2016) with aim of connecting three million women entrepreneurs to market by 2021. The SheTrades Initiative provides women entrepreneurs around the world with a unique network and platform to connect to markets. Through the SheTrades app, women entrepreneurs are able to share information about their companies, increase visibility, expand networks, connect and internationalize.
The SheTrades Commonwealth is one of many projects within the SheTrades Initiative. The SheTrades Commonwealth Programme is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), and is implemented by the Women and Trade Programme of the ITC.
WOBs that are members of the SheTrades Commonwealth Programme have the benefit of,
Women Owned Business (WOBs) from Bangladesh, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria in the sectors supported by this programme;
Business Support Organizations; and
For more information on this as well as requirements click here.
No, registration to become a beneficiary of SheTrades Commonwealth Programme is free of charge.
Based on the requirements you can apply under the following sectors. Click on the links below to find the products/services included in each sectors
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