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Source: Guyana Chronicle

TWENTY-FIVE women in Region Two will soon benefit from free business development support and mentorship. This will be made possible by the Academy for Women Entrepreneur (AWE) which is preparing to rollout its 2021 training programme for Guyana. The programme will be facilitated by WeLead Caribbean. President of WeLead Caribbean, Abigale Lockne, said the programme offers a unique opportunity for women in Region Two and will assist them to create and develop sustainable businesses. The programme is being sponsored by the U.S Embassy in Georgetown. “This programme gives each participant one-on-one business development support and mentorship along with financial guidance. I am extremely excited to see how the participants’ lives are going to change and for the Essequibo Coast to have 25 new businesses,” Lockne told the Guyana Chronicle during a recent interview.

According to Lockne, training programmes, as well as the community, equip women with the practical skills needed to create investable and sustainable businesses. At the end of the five-month programme, the participants will be equipped with the required tools to launch their business ideas. The application process for entry into the programme ended on Wednesday. “We have received closed to 100 applications. This shows the interest the programme has generated. We are overwhelmed by the applications but we can only select 25 persons. The ladies will receive mentorship from persons outside of Guyana, who will guide them on the way forward…it’s a complete package free of cost,” Lockne added.

The training programme begins on May 11, 2021. Applicants had to be between the ages of 20 to 35 and were required to have a business idea or plan. It was open to both Spanish and English-speaking women. All the materials for the training and transportation will be provided at no cost to the participants. Forty-five women recently benefitted from a similar training programme facilitated by WeLead Caribbean. Persons requiring more information can contact Lockne on (592) 648-4302.