De Beers and UN Women announce a three-year extension of their partnership to empower women entrepreneurs in southern Africa at a ceremony in Gaborone, Botswana.
Since 2017, the AWOME program has been renamed EntreprenHER and has enabled approximately 2,500 women entrepreneurs in microenterprises in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa to grow and formalize their businesses, create more jobs, and earn a more secure income. We have supported the creation of
The event included the First Lady of the Republic of Botswana, Her Excellency Neo Jane Masisi; Botswana's Minister of Youth, Gender, Sports, Arts and Culture, Tumiso Rakugale; Anna Maria Mokgesi, Minister of Labor and Home Affairs; Benadette Jagger, Deputy Minister of Gender Equality, Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare of the Republic of Namibia. Ms. Aleta Miller, Representative of UN Women South Africa Multicountry Office. Zia Chaudhry, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Botswana; De Beers Group His Corporate Vice President, Mr. Otjile Mabeo. National Gender Commission Chairperson Joy Phumapi;
The next phase of the program will support an additional 1,500 women entrepreneurs across three countries, place an increased focus on digital literacy, and introduce small grants and loans to eligible businesses.
Her Excellency Neo Jane Masisi, First Lady of the Republic of Botswana, said: “This initiative aims to support the realization of Sustainable Development Goals 1 ‘Zero Poverty’ and 5 ‘Gender Equality’, goals to which the Government of Botswana is focused. We will ensure that no one is left behind as we build a sustainable and inclusive economy. ”
Al Cook, CEO of De Beers, said: “Women-owned small businesses play an important role in local communities in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. We provide training to support them while also creating employment opportunities in the local community.”