Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
Women Mean Business (WMB) supports women entrepreneurs to grow their businesses, compete more effectively, and increase women’s incomes. In the Kampala area, 55 percent of small and growing businesses are owned or managed by women; however many lack management skills and face high competition. The program provides training, coaching and mentoring to women entrepreneurs to build their skills, improve their confidence and grow their support networks. With 588 graduates completing Phase I of the program between 2009 and 2011, TechnoServe is now working with 468 women through WMB Phase II. Phase II also involves a pioneering study component to evaluate the impact and cost effectiveness of classroom training combined with coaching and mentoring through a randomized control trial implemented by Innovations for Poverty Action.