The Fiji TimesOpportunity to construct connections

For the primary time because the Academy for Girls Entrepreneurs (AWE) was established, a summit can be held this yr offering the ladies a platform to attach and share concepts and experiences in operating their very own companies, begin up challenges and the alternatives accessible for them.

The AWE East Asia Pacific Summit is being held in Malaysia from March 6 to 9 with Fiji being represented by seven members of the AWE Fiji Alumnae.

The US Embassy’s regional public diplomacy officer Stephanie Fitzmaurice mentioned launched in 2020, the AWE program has up to now skilled and graduated 300 girls entrepreneurs.

“We’ve got been lucky to coach greater than 300 girls entrepreneurs via the Academy of Girls Entrepreneurs to assist them acquire expertise, entry to markets and invaluable networks and in some instances launch a enterprise,” she mentioned.

She mentioned the embassy had invested greater than $150,000 in this system over the previous few years.

The ladies who’re going to be a part of the summit are Josephine Fong who runs BooFj, Felichya Kayes from Aroma Kitchen, Litia Mccay of Caga Valley Farm, Sereana Tabuyaqona of Indoor Delicacies Consultants, Lanieta Marama who owns and operates Delai’s Design, Seruwaia Kabukabu from the Naitasiri Dairy Farm and proprietor of Nadro Occasions Options Milinia Naituyaga.

Ms Marama mentioned this was going to be her first time to journey abroad and he or she was excited to be given the chance.

She began her enterprise in 2019 and has been in a position to enhance her enterprise and merchandise and enhance her buyer record through the years.

The Girls Entrepreneurs Enterprise Council (WEBC) which is a part of the Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation (FCEF), is the implementing a part of the AWE program in Fiji.

Its chair Eseta Nadakuitavuki mentioned this yr could be the fourth yr for WEBC to be the implementing associate with the Makoi Vocational Girls’s Group.

The group leaves tomorrow for the three-day summit that’s being held at The Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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