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Women's Entrepreneurship in Timor Leste: Opportunities, Barriers, and a Path Forward

March 26
10-11:15 a.m. TLT

In 2020, the Business and Social Support for Female Entrepreneurs in Timor-Leste (BEST) program was launched by the ABA ROLI-led Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium and is funded by the U.S. Department of State Office of Global Women's Issues. The WAGE BEST Timor Leste program is implemented by WAGE core partners Grameen Foundation and ABA ROLI. It is an integrated women's economic empowerment (WEE) and gender-based violence (GBV) response and mitigation initiative that addresses the intertwined social, economic, and regulatory challenges faced by female microentrepreneurs in starting, maintaining, and expanding businesses. Through close collaboration with the WAGE BEST partners in Timor Leste, the program published an assessment report entitled: “Women’s Entrepreneurship in Timor Leste: Opportunities, Barriers, and a Path Forward” to understand the multifaceted barriers and opportunities to women’s business growth in Timor Leste, map the existing local service providers with the potential to address these barriers, and identify opportunities for linkages to enable these service providers to extend a more holistic and high-impact package of financial, business and social services to their clients.

As we celebrate International Women’s Day this month and in light of the publication of our recent assessment report, we would like to kindly invite you to join us for a virtual discussion. This is an opportunity to share our program highlights, as well as lessons learned from our partnerships, and identify ways that we can move forward.

Speakers

  • Amelia Kuklewicz - Regional Director, LAC & Asia, Grameen Foundation
  • U.S. Embassy Representative in Timor Leste
  • Muthoni Kamuyu Ojuolo - Director, WAGE, American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative
  • Maria Guterres - Chief Executive Officer, Alola Foundation
  • Juliana Marcal - Executive Director, Ba Futuru
  • Edio da Costa - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kaebauk
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Covid19 PH event

Building Resilient Microenterprises: Grameen's COVID-19 Relief Program

April 15, 2021
10 a.m. PHT


In May 2020, Grameen Foundation (Grameen) supported by J.P. Morgan, began implementing the COVID-19 Response to Enhance Livelihoods of Individual Entrepreneurs and Families (COVID-19 RELIEF) program to assist individual entrepreneurs, particularly women, running micro enterprises in the Philippines. It aims to work with Microfinance Institution (MFI) partners to provide immediate relief assistance and longer-term recovery support to individual entrepreneurs and their families.

Join us for a virtual discussion on April 15, 2021 at 10:00 AM Manila time. This is an opportunity to share our program highlights and pieces of learning from our partnerships and identify ways that we can move forward.

The goals and objectives of the event are as follows:

  • Introduce Grameen as a global non-profit organization that works towards economic empowerment through the breakthrough use of digital solutions among poor and low-income women.
  • Share insights and findings from the COVID-19 RELIEF implementation. This includes a results presentation on the overall program impact for Metro Manila and Cebu City as well as best practices in rolling out immediate support and education curriculum to women entrepreneurs.
  • Present the current needs and gaps of women groups, served by our partners RAFI Micro-Finance Inc. and Ahon sa Hirap Inc. towards resilience and sustainability through the use of digital tools.

You will hear from the following speakers:

  • Amelia Kuklewicz - Regional Director, LAC & Asia, Grameen Foundation
  • Carlos G. Mendoza - Senior Country Officer & Head of Banking, Philippines, J.P. Morgan
  • Joni Joy Dumasig - Client Retention and Engagement Head, RAFI Micro-Finance Inc.
  • Deserie Goto - Plans & Programs Department Head, Ahon sa Hirap Inc.
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