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Nation Digital – WONDER Program

Refer:- https://nation.africa/kenya/news/gender/women-traders-training-alone-not-enough-we-need-funds-4178402

What you need to know:

  • Ninety female entrepreneurs have been selected from Kenya in the first cohort of the newly launched E4Impact Foundation Wonder Programme.
  • It has enrolled 150 women entrepreneurs from Kenya and 60 from Cameroon, says E4Impact Kenya accelerator Isabella Tenai.

“I have attended so many women entrepreneurs’ empowerment workshops I have since lost count. All graced by notable dignitaries and held in high-end hotels, yet each time I leave the workshops, my pockets are more empty than before,” remarks Junky Bins Chief Executive Officer Lucy Ngorongo.

Lucy is among 90 female entrepreneurs selected from Kenya in the first cohort of the newly launched E4Impact Foundation Wonder Programme, which is funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) Programme under the Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (Afawa) initiative. It has enrolled 150 women entrepreneurs from Kenya and 60 from Cameroon, says E4Impact Kenya accelerator Isabella Tenai. “The firms will undergo three-year training, which is intended to enhance women’s business productivity and growth.”

Lucy is grateful that her company is one of those selected and optimistic that the programme will be a breath of fresh air while still cautious to manage her expectations. She says this is not the first training she has enrolled on, adding she has been in several similar scenarios before, only to be “left high and dry”.

“As women in business, we are going everywhere, everywhere in all these meetings. Just last week I was at Radisson Blu with the European Union and I am worse off than before because for two days I was not in the office,” she exclaims.

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