ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND FINANCIAL LITERACY - LIBERIA
Since 2010, WCI has partnered with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women initiative, an project to foster economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with business education and access to capital.
In Liberia, WCI's program has provided nearly 300 women with entrepreneurship training, business advising and mentoring. Topics covered in the workshops are determined as a result of in-depth discussions with alumni leadership ensuring that the curriculum is relevant and useful. Throughout the lesson WCI encourages the women to work together and share ideas, while providing them with a safe space to make mistakes and ask questions. The women are then prompted to make connections to their own finances from the hypothetical situations presented during the lesson. As a result, participants leave the trainings with a concrete set of skills and the practical background knowledge to implement it in their daily lives.
The culmination of the program is a trade fair that is open to the public. Graduates of the program are given the opportunity to expand their networks and put their new skills to use.