Women Entrepreneurs from all over Paraguay add to GEW 2012
Brenden Chaney @brendenchaney
Nov 14, 2012
More than 38 thousand women, organized into 2,800 Entrepreneurial Women’s committees participated in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 through training sessions and entrepreneurial events with support from the Fundacion Paraguaya. This was made possible from the Fundacion’s large network, which consists of 28 offices that handle over 160 towns and cities in Paraguay, and a group of 340 collaborators.
These events consisted of artisanal fairs, where the women could sell their products, and training sessions that strived to invoke the entrepreneurial sprit and promote entrepreneurial culture.
The Entrepreneurial Women’s Committees (Communal Banks) is one of the Fundacion Paraguaya’s programs that allows women entrepreneurs to receive small loans for working capital and training. This methodology consists of forming groups of less than 15 women already involved in small income generating economic activities or that have the desire to start.
The Fundacion trains these women on leadership, how to handle their finances, and other skills using methodology developed by Junior Achievement. They also give the group a loan for which the whole committee is jointly responsible.
Micro-entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs trained in Basic Economics:
For the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 the Paraguayan American Chamber of Commerce developed a training program in Basic Economics that was attended by approximately 50 micro-entrepreneurs and young entrepreneurs alike.
International Education Week:
On Monday 12th began the “International Education Week” and will run until Thursday 15th.
The activities take place in the Cultural Center Paraguayan-American -CCPA, and the closure is planned by Friday, November 16 and will consist of an exhibition to be held in the Shopping Mariano, from 11:00 to 20:00.
It is a joint initiative of the U.S. State Department, to promote programs that prepare students for the globalized world and to attract future foreign leaders to study, learn and exchange experiences in the U.S. and train them in obtaining student visas.