Academy of Women Entrepreneurs Launched in Santa Cruz –

The program, developed by the United States Department of State, will train women and provide them with seed capital to accelerate the growth of their businesses.

SANTA CRUZ DE LA SIERRA.- Free training and access to seed capital to boost their businesses are some of the benefits that will accrue to the 35 participants selected for the program by the Academy for Entrepreneurial Women launched in Santa Cruz de la Sierra.

The event, held for the second time in the capital of Santa Cruz, was launched this Monday at the Art Gallery of the Bolivian American Center (CBA). United States Embassy Cultural Attache Anthony Tranchina was in attendance.

“In the short time I have been in Bolivia, I have come to appreciate the talent and determination of Bolivian women. I am sure that through this program it will be possible to plant the seeds for entrepreneurs to believe in themselves and lead in their chances to succeed in the undertakings they propose”, concluded Tranchina.

AWE (for its acronym in English) is developed by the United States of America, present in almost a hundred countries in America, Asia, Africa and Europe. By 2025, it is expected that, due to its implementation, 50 million women will achieve economic empowerment by strengthening their businesses.

In Bolivia, the American Embassy is in charge of running it in conjunction with Fundación Emprendora Futuro. It is planned to train 210 women across the country in seven programmes. The second edition began in July in the cities of La Paz and El Alto; Now it’s Santa Cruz de la Sierra’s turn; Other cities will benefit in future.

“It is essential to promote economic opportunities for women entrepreneurs and ensure they have the skills, tools and resources they need to actively participate in our economy. The training they will receive will allow them to promote their skills, strengthen their business networks and manage their businesses effectively. This way, they will be able to make the most of existing opportunities,” said Alison Silva, director of Fundación Emprendre Futuro.

The training cycle that is about to begin will last for three months and, as mentioned earlier, scholarship holders who follow the course will be able to compete for seed capital; That is, economic rewards to promote the development of their businesses and thus contribute to the economic reactivation of the country. The trainers are Bolivian professionals, but they will be joined by Arizona State University experts and various supporting activities through master classes.

Likewise, graduates will join the worldwide network of AWE entrepreneurs and global leaders participating in exchange programs sponsored by the US Department of State committed to women’s empowerment.

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