WDI Will Follow, Blog About 5 Women During Entrepreneurship Training

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Nathan Rauh-Bieri, program coordinator for WDI’s Education initiative, wrote the first two of what will be a series of articles on female entrepreneurs as part of the wider women’s empowerment movement. The articles appear on NextBillion, the website and blog operated by WDI.

In the first blog post, Rauh-Bieri spoke with two of the women participating in the yearlong Vital Voices GROW Fellowship, an intensive business accelerator program in which fellows receive access to technical business skills, network building and leadership development. In the second blog post, he spoke to the other three women he will follow for the year as they progress through their training.

In October, Rauh-Bieri will check back in with all five fellows to hear about their experiences with the global virtual learning component of the fellowship.

At the end of the 15 months, Rauh-Bieri hopes to draw some conclusions about what training practices bear replicating within the growing field of entrepreneurship education.

Read the first post here.

Read the second post here.

WDI is a leader in women’s entrepreneurship training. For six years, WDI partnered with Goldman Sachs for its 10,000 Women initiative. WDI designed and delivered a six-month training program in Rwanda for 30 women at a time from across the country who were interested in growing their small or medium-sized business. At the end of the training, each woman had created a detailed, actionable business plan. When the program ended in 2015, WDI had trained 330 women.

You can watch some of the women’s stories here. (

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