Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East
Program Dates: November 2012-October 2014
Following the successful completion of the Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in Nablus (FWEN) and Women Entrepreneurs in Lebanon (WEL) programs, TYO continues its collaboration with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women (CBFW) and local training partners through the two-year Fostering Women Entrepreneurs in the Middle East (FWEME) Program in Palestine and Lebanon.
FWEME will target 90 aspiring and existing female entrepreneurs from marginalized contexts in the Northern West Bank and the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. The program will follow the Fostering Women Entrepreneurs four-phased model developed in collaboration with CBFW and refined during past programs. The four phases of the program are:
- Selection of female business leaders, initial 4-day intensive training, and individual coaching and mentoring
- Production of business plans and linkage to finance
- Selection of business plans to be incubated
- Incubation of selected businesses through training and support for business expansion, with particular focus on marketing, distribution, access to finance, and networking.
The FWEME program will be guided by local Steering Committees composed of local business leaders, project partners, and staff in each location.
Through the FWEME program 90 women will increase their business knowledge and technical skills; 40 women will receive individual coaching and create business plans; and 20 women will incubate their businesses.