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Diplomacy in Action


Bureau of Economic and Business Affairs
July 30, 2014


The Women’s Entrepreneurial Centers of Resources, Education, Access, and Training for Economic Empowerment (WECREATE) are physical entrepreneurial community centers in a safe and centralized location. At these centers, women gain access to vital resources that both enable established business to build capacity and allow microenterprises to move from the informal sector into the formal sector, both of which generate momentum for measurable economic and societal change. Each center is tailored to a country’s specific economic concerns facing women entrepreneurs and is designed to advance gender equality in entrepreneurship through a portfolio of programs, tools and events. The Center’s hyper-local collaborative approach convenes key players to develop entrepreneurial ecosystems in a culturally sensitive and safe environment for women economic empowerment.

Women will receive tailored, experiential-based education and resources to support their specific needs to start, scale, and grow businesses. The Center will provide the following tools and resources:

  • Trained mentors to assist women entrepreneurs through business challenges
  • Capacity building through educational programs, accelerated go-to-market strategies, access to finance, innovation, entrepreneurial mindset and bootstrapping techniques
  • Access to and education on technology
  • A safe environment to develop a business (Incubator)
  • Sector-specific programming (e.g. agriculture, manufacturing, IT)
  • Networking opportunities
  • Continual personal support for business growth
  • For longer programs, the Center will have a small dormitory where women will have a safe place to stay the night to limit the risk of exposure to violence
  • Childcare services that allow women to gain access to Center resources
  • Engaging men and boys as “Agents of Change.” Providing specific education and resources on understanding the value of supporting women and girls and how entrepreneurship has the ability to change their families and communities.

WECREATE is funded through public-private partnerships with the , U.S. Department of State regional bureaus and embassies, and private sector partners who also implement and sustain the selected centers.

For more information on the WECREATE Project, please contact Tanya Hiple at or at (202) 647-4189.

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