Sharing a Passion for Empowering Women in STEM: A WES Trainer’s Perspective

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Guest post by Dalel Krichen, Director of WES Optima Syphax Center in Sfax. This post was written in response to a World Cafe breakout session she attended as a part of the TechWomen Delegation Trip to Tunisia in March 2015. Delegation members met with WES trainers during the Social Media for Women Entrepreneurs Training of Trainers (TOT).

Since my tender age, I was fascinated by bridges, highways and skyscrapers. My dream was to design, construct and operate infrastructures and buildings. As I grew up, this dream became a goal. My favorite subjects were mathematics and physics and I wanted to use what I learned to solve real world problems. Therefore, I decided to become a civil engineer. No need to say that construction in Tunisia was a male-dominated industry and I did not get much support from my friends who tried to dissuade me away from the field and talked about the barriers tech women faced!

But, I worked hard, got a scholarship and went to the U.S. to study civil engineering. When I got my first job in Tunisia, I was the only woman engineer and I had to work on sites. It was very challenging not only trying to gain acceptance by the group but mainly to make the rules, innovate and secure a leading place in the company. As I was climbing the ladder to top positions, I felt the need to support women to enroll in scientific and technical fields. Indeed, female students in Tunisia account for 60% of the overall number of students, graduate at a much higher rate and with a much higher score than their fellow male students. But, the rate of female students in STEM fields remains very low. That’s why I decided to conduct an awareness campaign among girls in high schools to urge them to choose technical fields and I organized summer camps for the outstanding students on the theme “women and technology: learn to love it.”

When I was asked to join the WES team I was thrilled. The program puts a great emphasis on specialties related to new technologies needed in the job market. As we were urged to make a special effort to involve women in technology, I was very excited to fulfill a dear dream –increase the visibility of tech women by helping them create their own enterprises and thus promote female role models in the country.

We had the pleasure to host the delegation of TechWomen. They arrived as we were undertaking a TOT about social media which unveiled to us the power of networking which allows women entrepreneurs to create more opportunities and boost their talents in a way sometimes never expected. So all of us were in the mood to really acknowledge technology and we were looking forward to the breakout discussions with the members of the guest group.

As Samia introduced the exchange program and its objectives, I was very impressed by the goals and the opportunities offered to women. I found the professional mentorship, which is part of the program,very inspiring because it offers a valuable opportunity to support women in STEM fields. In many countries, talents are not encouraged and the lack of women mentors in technical fields makes it difficult for emerging tech women to promote themselves.

The breakout discussion about e-commerce, social media, innovation and risk taking for the developing of businesses using technology and marketing engaged us in an open discussion where we shared experiences, best practices and view points.We loved having the perspective and input of the mentors and we thank them for their guidance and advice.

It is heartening to notice that even though women in the delegation are from different parts of the world with different backgrounds and walks of life, they all share the same passion for technology and for the need to empower women in STEM fields. I couldn’t help noticing the spark in their eyes when they spoke about their careers which made me relate to them on a personal level.

To conclude, I would like to say that Tunisia is in need of more scientists and engineers. The TechWomen visit was memorable because it raised our awareness, as a WES team, for the need to empower tech women start-ups. It was also a good opportunity for brainstorming to find new ways and initiatives to get more women involved in successful tech projects.

Dalel KrichenDalel Krichen is a civil engineer and graduated from Washington University in Saint Louis. She worked as a head of the Department of Civil Building in the Ministry of Equipment and Habitat in Sfax before being the general manager of a construction company. She is also a former Member of Parliament, former general secretary of the Board of Tunisian Engineers in Sfax and Deputy Mayor in charge of the Commission of Infrastructure, Management and Construction in the city of Sfax.

Dalel has championed the cause of women’s empowerment and political participation. She works to integrate gender equality in institutions, programs and laws. She set various programs to encourage female students to choose technical fields and help young women engineers to get jobs and succeed in their careers.

Dalel is also the Director of WES Optima Syphax Center, where she provides trainings in leadership, home-based business, entrepreneurship and e-commerce . She works closely with women to help them achieve economic self-sufficiency.

Dalel is married and the mother of two daughters.

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E-Commerce in Tunisia: Reflections from a TechWomen Mentor

TechWomen Mentor Marie Carter leaded group discussion on e-commerce

TechWomen Mentor, Marie Carter, leading a group discussion on e-commerce during the WES Social Media for Women Entrepreneurs TOT

“In Tunisia we can’t sell our products online.” This is what I learned when leading a discussion group on e-commerce in Tunisia during the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) Social Media for Women Entrepreneurs Training of Trainers (TOT) meeting last week. I anticipated sitting down with a group of trainers to discuss best practices on setting up an online store, branding, configuring shipping, etc., but instead the topic turned to the current challenges Tunisian entrepreneurs face in selling online. Due to the closed currency in Tunisia*, entrepreneurs will be blocked from selling goods on the internet until the government restructures its banking system and removes restrictions on the dinar. This fact made our discussion of e-commerce take a different, yet fruitful turn. There are many best practices that can be applied to e-commerce as well as to marketing a brick and mortar store, which is what many of the WES entrepreneurs are currently doing. Here are some highlights from our discussion:

  • Tell a story: Every product has a story. Whether it’s the story of how the maker crafted the product, the product’s meaning in a local culture, or a historical reference, every object tells a tale. It’s these stories that help buyers connect with products and brands. Consumers often want to understand not only what the product is, but why it has meaning. Make sure to always tell the story of your products, through your website, catalog or in personal interactions with prospective customers.
  • Photography is key: Your products are beautiful in real life, so they should look great in photos! Photograph each item individually or perhaps together in a scene showing how it’s used. Photographs help connect your audience with the product and allow them to imagine how they would use it in their lives. Photographs are an essential part of selling products online, and can be used to advertise in local media or in your store catalog.
  • Help people find you: The internet is a big place with lots of stuff to buy. You want to make sure that people can find your products easily and quickly. It’s important to host your products using an online store or website that is searchable, and preferably has filtering options so buyers can narrow down what they are looking for. Also use words in your product descriptions that you think people may use in a search. If you’re selling out of a store, organize your products in a way that helps your customers easily find what they are looking for.
  • Connect your customers: Consumers want to hear from other customers before they buy. By publicly sharing reviews from other buyers, you can help new prospects see what others love about your products. Reviews give your brand credibility and effectively help people ‘try before they buy’ online.

It’s apparent that Tunisia has work to do before local entrepreneurs can reap the full benefits of e-commerce, but it must be done. In 2014, sellers using Etsy, a popular e-commerce platform, generated sales of $1.39 billion USD, up 43.3% from 2013. The demand for Tunisian products is out there and Tunisian entrepreneurs are ready to sell. In the meantime, local business owners should begin applying these and other best practices to their physical stores so they are ready when the barriers to e-commerce are removed.

About Marie:

prof (2)Marie is a Technical Support Engineer at Yahoo in San Francisco, CA. She served as a TechWomen Professional Mentor in 2014 and attended the 2015 TechWomen Delegation trip to Tunisia. Marie has a B.A. in International Studies and is thrilled to combine her passions for new technologies and inter-cultural communication to support women across the globe. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/pub/marie-carter/15/517/181/en

*As a closed currency, the Tunisian Dinar (TND) is not allowed to be imported or exported from the country. Additionally, there are strict limitations to its convertibility. “Tunisian Activists Launch ‘Where is Paypal” Campaign” by Jeremy Fryd, January 13, 2015.

2nd Round of WES Business Award Winners Announced!

WES Business Award Poster - 3 2 2015

WES is pleased to announce the 21 Tunisian women entrepreneurs who will receive the second round of WES Business Awards. The winners are emerging and established women entrepreneurs who have benefited from training and coaching at seven WES Centers for Women’s Business Development across Tunisia, including Gafsa, Kairouan, Sfax, Sousse, Tunis and Zarzis. The winners will receive seed funds to help them launch or expand businesses. Stay tuned for photos of the winners in future posts and on Facebook.

Profiles of the WES Business Award winners are listed by WES Center:

Association de Continuité des Générations (ACG), Sfax

Dalel DERBEL – Lab Complement
Dalel is a biological engineer whose creativity and desire to use her life sciences knowledge to help others motivated her to become an entrepreneur. She started a business, called Lab Complement, that specializes in the sale of high-value extracts from organic material for use in pharmaceutical, cosmetic and food products. The WES Business Award will help her to build a website and market her first product, called “Tunioleuropein,” a therapeutic element extracted from the leaves of olive trees.

Nihel REJEB – Aromessence
After her university studies, and with the encouragement of her family, Nihel started a business producing essential oils, floral waters and massage oils for export. Her products are 100% natural and have both cosmetic and medical benefits. Nihel plans to use the WES Business Award funds to buy raw material in bulk for her products.

Noura DJEBBI – Noor Design
Noura had the forward-thinking idea to launch a communications and marketing consultancy, a nascent yet growing field in Tunisia. Noura plans to use the award funds to expand her business by diversifying the services offered.

Association pour le Développement Durable et la Coopération Internationale (ADDCI), Zarzis

Auiti RAJA – Centre de Beauté
With extensive experience in aesthetics, Auiti decided that it was time to be her own boss and founded a business providing a variety of services that promote personal well-being. With the WES Business Award, she plans to expand her business by offering new services and hiring several employees.

Nadia SAHBANI – Espace Lina pour Robes de Mariage
Nadia has 15 years of experience designing and making wedding dresses, evening gowns and children’s clothing. With the award, Nadia will increase her stock of raw material to satisfy the increased demand for her summer collection.

Moudifa RHOUMA
With a technical diploma in electrical engineering and professional experience in the field of new technologies, Moudifa recently launched an information technology services business. Moudifa will use the award funds to purchase equipment for her new office space.

Association de Développement Gafsa Sud (ADGS), Gafsa

Torkia SAIDI – Société Solidarité
Torkia is a skilled weaver and launched a business making decorative wall pieces over 10 years ago. With the goal of reaching an international audience, Torkia plans to use the WES Business Award to expand her business through export and offer a wider selection of products.

Nedia AOUNE – Société Hayet Design
Nedia learned the art of margoum, a traditional carpet from the region of Gafsa, from family members at a young age. She now has 22 years of experience in this handicraft and owns her own business. Nedia will use the award money to buy new equipment and raw material.

Dahbia KHELIFI
Dahbia owns a business making carpets and drapes and building furniture. The WES Business Award will enable her to buy raw material in bulk.

Association NOOR pour le Développement Humain, Sousse

Basma KOURAYCHI
Basma earned a diploma in textiles and has 10 years of professional experience in the clothing industry. Two months ago, a charity gave her a sewing machine to start a home-based business. The WES Business Award will enable her to buy another sewing machine and raw material to expand her business.

Toffaha HAMDI
Toffaha plans to use her 17 years of experience in the henna industry to launch her own business. Toffaha will use the award funds to study new henna techniques and buy material necessary to launch her business.

Sarra OBAYA
For the past five years, Sarra has been making traditional Tunisian pastries from her home. With a recent increase in demand, her business now requires larger quantities of bulk ingredients. She is thankful that the WES Business Award will allow her to buy these ingredients and reduce her per unit cost.

Association Optima Syphax, Sfax

Hela MEZIOU
Hela has a university degree in business and recently launched an interior design company. Hela’s goal is to improve her production, diversify her product line and move her business to the formal sector. She believes that the recognition and funds from the WES Business Award will allow her to launch a marketing campaign and expand her product line as she works towards these larger goals.

Amel KHEMAKHEM – Céramista
Amel studied fine arts in university and launched her ceramics business, Céramista, over a year ago. With the funds from the award, Amel wants to further expand the visibility of her products by developing a new communications strategy and participating in local trade shows.

Hana CHAARI – Paradise School
With extensive experience providing English language training to diverse audiences, Hana wants to launch a training center. Hana has already received a loan from the Tunisian Solidarity Bank to buy the necessary equipment to start her business and plans to use the award funds to launch a marketing campaign.

Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS), Tunis

Afef ABDELWAHED – Paramed Plus
Afef’s dream was to use her university degree in biology and her training in biotechnology to start a business providing in-home medical services. She launched her business in November 2014 and plans to use the award funds to expand her client base.

Saoussan REBAII – Mazélet El Barka
Saoussan wants to use her professional and leadership skills to launch a Senior Center that will offer opportunities for seniors to engage in society and provide services that promote active lifestyles. With the award funds, she will purchase the necessary equipment to launch the center.

Latifa CHANNOUFI – Palais de la Mariée
Latifa has more than six years of experience designing and making wedding dresses, and has a loyal customer base. For many years, Latifa has wanted to launch a business in this field, but lacked the finances to support such an endeavor. Thanks to the WES Business Award, her dream will become a reality.

Union National des Femmes Tunisiennes (UNFTK), Kairouan

Chadleya IDRISS – Toy Story
Chadleya started to make toys for her children when they were young using repurposed wood. This hobby enabled her to both provide fun and safe toys for her children during difficult financial times and protect the environment by using material that would otherwise have gone to waste. She has since dreamed of opening her own toy company and has conducted over three years of market research on the toy industry in Tunisia. Since she collects the material from many different sources, each toy she makes has its own story; hence, the name of her company, Toy Story. The award funds will partly finance a marketing campaign and help her to create personalized packaging.

Awatef SELMI – Toufa Haute Couture
Awatef learned the art of traditional Tunisian carpet-making from her family members when she was young and further developed her competencies in the textile sector under their mentorship. In her most recent job at a retail clothing store, Awatef gained negotiation, sales and acquisition skills. With these varied skills and expertise in sewing and fashion, she is now ready to launch her own haute couture business. The funds from the award will help her to work with a variety of distributers and participate in trade shows.

Chedlya BRIKI – Espace Chadou pour les Petites Filles
Chedlya recently completed a fashion course with the greater goal of opening a clothing business for young girls. Chedlya understands the strong buying power of families in Kairouan and believes this market has yet to be tapped. She plans to use the award to buy raw material and expand her product line.

Lauréates de la 2nde Série du Business Award WES Annoncées !

WES Business Award Poster - 3 2 2015Le Programme WES a le plaisir d’annoncer les 21 femmes entrepreneurs Tunisiennes qui recevront la deuxième série de Business Awards WES. Les lauréates sont des femmes entrepreneurs émergentes et établies qui ont bénéficié d’une formation dans huit centres WES à travers la Tunisie. Elles recevront de petites subventions pour les aider à lancer ou développer leurs entreprises. Les lauréates sont comprises d’entrepreneurs qui ont été formees aux Centres WES à Gafsa, Kairouan, Sfax, Sousse, Tunis, et Zarzis. Ne ratez pas les photos des lauréates sur Facebook.

Les profils des lauréates du Business Award WES sont répertoriés par centre WES:

Association de Continuité des Générations (ACG), Sfax

Dalel DERBEL – Lab Complement
Dalel est un ingénieur en Génie Biologique. Sa créativité et son désir d’utiliser son savoir pour le bien de la société, l’ont motivé à devenir une entrepreneure. Elle a créé sa propre société du nom de Lab Complement qui est spécialisée dans la vente de molécules à haute valeur ajoutée pour usage pharmaceutique, alimentaire et cosmétique. Les fonds du prix WES l’aideront à créer un site internet et à promouvoir son premier produit « Tunioleuropein », une molécule thérapeutique obtenue suite à une extraction liquide à partir de feuilles d’olivier.

Nihel REJEB – Aromessence
Suite à ses études et avec l’encouragement de sa famille, Nihel a décidé de travailler à son compte et devenir une entrepreneure. Nihel utilise sa passion pour la nature à travers son entreprise qui produit des huiles essentielles, eaux florales et huiles de massage. Ses produits, 100% naturels, ont un usage cosmétique et pharmaceutique. Avec les fonds du prix WES, elle compte acheter des matières premières en gros. Les produits créés sont destinés à l’exportation.

Noura DJEBBI – Noor Design
Noura avait une vision pour un projet et voulait avoir sa propre agence de conseil en communication et publicité donc elle établit une entreprise à domicile, un concept qui n’est pas vraiment développé et reconnu en Tunisie. Noura souhaite élargir son marché et va intégrer une option pour un design personnalisé avec les fonds du prix WES.

Association pour le Développement Durable et la Coopération Internationale (ADDCI), Zarzis

Auiti RAJA – Centre de Beauté
Avec à son extensive expérience dans le domaine esthétique, Auiti a décidé qu’il était temps de se mettre à son compte et devenir une entrepreneure indépendante. Avec les fonds WES, elle souhaite élargir son entreprise qui se concentre sur le bien-être à travers divers services esthétiques. De plus, elle désire aider sa région économiquement en employant des chômeurs.

Nadia SAHBANI – Espace Lina pour Robes de Mariage
Nadia a 15 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de création de robes de mariées, soirées et vêtements pour enfants. En 2006, elle a organisé un défilé de mode qui a été télévisé. Avec les fonds WES, elle va accroitre son stock en matière première afin de répondre à la demande pour tenues d’été.

Moudifa RHOUMA
Avec un diplôme de technicienne en électricité et une expérience dans le domaine des nouvelles technologies, Moufida a décidé de conquérir le domaine des affaires et lancer son projet de services informatiques et bureautiques. Pour consolider son projet elle a besoin de se procurer deux ordinateurs, deux bureaux et un scanner. Les fonds WES lui serviront pour financer une partie de ses achats.

Association de Développement Gafsa Sud (ADGS), Gafsa

Torkia SAIDI – Société Solidarité
Torkia a lancé son entreprise il y a plus de 10 ans maintenant et souhaite s’établir à l’échelle nationale et internationale. Elle se spécialise dans le tissage de pièces murales décoratives. Avec le prix WES, elle pourra élargir son entreprise et offrir un plus grand nombre de sélection pour ses murales.

Nedia AOUNE – Societe Hayet Design
Nedia a appris le métier de tissage de Margoum, un tapis traditionnel de Gafsa, à un très jeune âge. Avec 22 ans d’expérience dans ce domaine, elle compte élargir son commerce et utiliser le prix WES afin d’acheter plus d’équipements et de matière première.

Dahbia KHELIFI
Dahbia a plus de 20 ans d’expérience dans la création de Margoum, un tapis traditionnel. En plus des Margoums, elle a aussi commencé à fabriquer des meubles et créer des rideaux. Le prix WES lui permettra d’acheter ses matières premières en gros.

Association NOOR pour le Développement Humain, Sousse

Basma KOURAYCHI
En plus d’un diplôme professionnel en textile, Basma à 10 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de la confection. Il y a 2 mois une organisation de charité lui a offert une machine à coudre pour démarrer son projet à domicile. Le prix WES sera une opportunité pour acheter une autre machine et de la matière première.

Toffaha HAMDI
Toffaha va utiliser ses 17 ans d’expérience dans le domaine de tatouages pour lancer son propre projet de production d’articles de tatouage. Le prix WES va lui servir pour acheter de la matière première et ajouter des nouvelles techniques afin d’atteindre un plus grand public.

Sarra OBAYA
Depuis 5 ans Sarra produit à domicile des pâtisseries traditionnelles comme la “Bessisa Tunisienne”. Grâce à une demande croissante, Sarra a besoin d’acheter plus de matière première. Le prix WES, lui permettra d’acheter cela en large quantité ce qui réduira le coût par unité.

Association Optima Syphax, Sfax

Hela MEZIOU
Hela est diplômée en commerce et possède sa propre entreprise qui e spécialise dans la décoration. Après une période de travail dans le secteur informel, Hela cherche à restructurer son projet. Son objectif est d’améliorer sa production et diversifier les produits pour toucher un plus grand public. Le prix WES lui aidera pour lancer une campagne publicitaire, élargir sa gamme de produits.

Amel KHEMAKHEM – Céramista
Après un parcours universitaire, Amel a obtenu son master en beaux-arts. Il y a un an, elle démarrait l’aventure Céramista dans la région de Sfax. Son rêve : de faire du coffret cadeau en céramique une véritable création. Amel cherche à promouvoir son produit à travers les réseaux sociaux et en participants aux foires à l’échelle locale. Les fonds WES lui permettront de développer son activité à travers l’achat de matière première pour pouvoir satisfaire une demande croissante.

Hana CHAARI – Paradise School
Avec une longue expérience dans le domaine de la formation en langue anglaise, Hana veut lancer un centre de formation dans la région de Sfax. Elle a déjà décroché un crédit de la Banque Tunisienne de Solidarité (BTS) afin d’acheter l’équipement nécessaire pour commencer son entreprise. Les fonds WES lui serviront à se faire connaitre au public à travers une campagne publicitaire.

Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS), Tunis

Afef ABDELWAHED – Paramed Plus
A travers son entreprise, Afef souhaite exploiter ses connaissances en biologie et biotechnologie tout en aidant ses clients grâce à son service médical à domicile. Les fonds WES l’aideront à lancer son entreprise et à étendre sa clientèle.

Saoussan REBAII – Mazélet El Barka
Saoussan veut utiliser ses compétences professionnelles et de leardership pour créer un centre pour personnes âgées. Ce centre a pour but de promouvoir l’intégration des personnes âgées dans la communauté et avoir une vie active. Le centre, ouvert la journée, fournira des services santé, sociaux et de divertissement. Avec les fonds du prix WES, elle pourra lancer son centre et acheter l’équipement nécessaire à son ouverture.

Latifa CHANNOUFI – Palais de la Mariée
Avec plus de 6 ans d’expérience dans la confection de robe de mariées et une bonne base clientèle, Latifa est confidente que son entreprise sera prospère. Son seul obstacle est financier mais grâce aux fonds du prix WES, elle sera capable d’acheter le matériel nécessaire pour continuer sa passion.

Union National des Femmes Tunisiennes (UNFTK), Kairouan

Chadleya IDRISS – Toy Story
Animée par sa passion pour la nature, Chadleya a pu surmonter les difficultés qu’elle a rencontrées depuis son enfance. Elle a commencé à fabriquer les premiers jouets pour ses enfants en utilisant les déchets du bois ; une activité à travers laquelle elle a trouvé le plaisir de préserver la nature tout en appliquant le proverbe “rien ne se perd, tout se transforme”. Afin de concrétiser son rêve de lancer son propre projet de fabrication de jouets en bois, Chadleya a fait trois ans de recherche et de travail. Pendant ce temps, elle a pu développer ses compétences et inventer des jouets utiles qui impliquent l’enfant dans son environnement. Tout jouet qu’elle produit raconte une histoire d’où le nom de son projet Toy Story. Les fonds WES l’aideront à financer une partie de sa compagne marketing et à créer un emballage personnalisé portant le logo et informations sur sa société.

Awatef SELMI – Toufa Haute Couture
Awatef a commencé sa carrière par la fabrication de tapis traditionnels avec sa famille. Pendant ce temps, elle a pu développer ses compétences dans le domaine du textile. Sa dernière expérience était dans une boutique de prêt à porter où elle a appris les techniques de négociation, d’achat et de vente. Awatef a une formation en modélisme et confection et veut lancer un projet en haute couture. Les fonds WES lui seront utiles pour diversifier ses circuits de distributions et participer à des foires et des salons d’expositions.

Chedlya BRIKI – Espace Chadou pour les Petites Filles
Chadliya a récemment suivi une formation en modélisme pour réaliser son rêve de devenir une femme d’affaire dans le domaine de la couture. Son projet “chadou pour les petites filles” sera unique de son genre à Kairouan. Elle veut créer des modèles de vêtements originaux pour filles qui prennent en considération le pouvoir d’achat des familles. Le prix WES va servir à lancer ses nouveaux produits.

WES: Leadership at the Service of Women’s Entrepreneurship

Rania El Ahmadi at the WES Leadership TOT

Last week, 26 trainers from 13 WES Centers gathered in Hammamet, Tunisia for a Leadership Training of Trainers (TOT) led by WES Master Trainer Ms. Ahlem Ghazouani.

The WES Leadership curriculum focuses on the following elements:

• Communication;
• Vision, purpose and strategy;
• Adaptation to the environment and creation of wealth and opportunities;
• Creativity and initiative; and
• Organizational and business management methodologies.

Rania El Ahmadi and Afaf Zaddem, two WES trainers who participated in the Leadership TOT, shared their individual reflections. Rania discusses the role of WES in helping her to become a leader, support women entrepreneurs and positively influence the development of Tunisia. Afaf focuses her reflection on the impact the training had on her personal and professional growth, as well as the importance of the WES Leaderships curriculum in supporting women entrepreneurs.

My WES Experience

In life, we always have the choice to become a leader, as no one is born a leader, but becomes one. Yes, we each become a leader; but the opportunity must be presented to become one. With WES, I had that chance. My adventure with this program began in June 2012 and, since then, I have seen my dreams come true, ambitions grow and professional status asserted.

Being a trainer has always attracted me. Even though I am an engineer, WES has allowed me to explore this skill and open new horizons with other organizations and institutions. I will always remember the day I had my interview to become a trainer/consultant with ANETI (National Agency for Employment and Independent Labor). I talked about my WES experience and all the important work we do as a part of the program. Personally, I consider the WES team like a family that has always given me the energy to move forward and give the best of myself for the betterment of women, society and Tunisia. And even if the training are limited in time, I have no doubt of the sustainability of the program’s goals and vision.

Thriving by helping others thrive, being fulfilled through the fulfillment of others, being a leader of one’s own life and career – that’s what I’ve experienced with WES. This program has allowed me to discover how one can grow with the help of, and through helping, others.

-Rania El Ahmadi

To what extent may we grow through a training program?

Ms. Ahlem Ghazouani’s talent as a coach, her personality and, particularly, her positive attitude during the WES Leadership training made it an unforgettable experience for me and one, “without which, I would not have taken the leap to carry out my personal mission of joy and pleasure while also inspiring women in my community to do the same.”

I have gained a lot from the training, especially in aligning my emotional and technical skills to advance my role as the director of, and a trainer at, the UNFT WES Center in Kairouan. The content and activities during the training imparted different methodological, strategic and communication skills and were transmitted in a fluid and dynamic manner.

The WES program model of planning a learning process and reinforcing the trainers’ capacities is a real strategic choice for the support of women entrepreneurs.

Finally, a nod to all the participants from the WES Centers in the 11 regions with whom I’ve shared moments of compassion and positive energy.

-Afaf Zaddem

Impact of the WES Business Awards

We are excited to share a new Voice video that highlights the impact of the WES Business Awards, a competitive award given to 24 WES graduates in February 2014 to provide seed funding and raise their visibility. The awards were funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative of the U.S. Department of State with support from Craig Newmark, founder of craigconnects and craigslist.

Watch the stories of several of the award winners and hear about their development since winning the award here!

 

WES Sustainability & Networking Conference

WES entrepreneurs showcase their products and share business ideas with WES staff and partners at an entrepreneurs marketplace.

Last month, the Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) program brought together representatives from each of the eight WES partner organizations and 24 women entrepreneurs for a two-day conference in Hammamet, Tunisia. The goal of the conference was to exchange best practices and lessons learned; showcase and celebrate WES achievements; and plan for the sustainability of WES centers and entrepreneurs’ network. We were very honored to be joined by distinguished guests from the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) and Microsoft, as well as a panel of experts on entrepreneurship in Tunisia.

In opening remarks by U.S. Chargé Kathleen Hanson, she highlighted that WES is a model of U.S. and Tunisian partnership for expanding economic opportunities.

WES Country Director Chéma Gargouri shared program accomplishments after two years of programming including that, as a result of WES, 150 women have started or expanded businesses, while over 600 Tunisian women have developed business plans and are well positioned to launch new businesses once a new microfinance law is passed.

An excellent panel discussion on supporting women entrepreneurs in Tunisia was led by Leila Belkhiria Jaber, Vice-President, National Women Chamber of Commerce (CNFCE); Fares Mabrouk, Tunisia Country Director, Yunus Social Business; Dr. Soukaina Bouraoui, Executive Director, Center on Arab Women Research (CAWTAR); and Tahar Ben Lakhdar, Chairman of the Board and CEO Esprit -Ecole Supérieur Privée d’Ingénierie et de Technologie.

During a highly interactive World Café activity, participants on how to better support women entrepreneurs including to establish a WES Boutique to display and sell entrepreneurs’ products, expand partnerships with the private sector, encourage mentorship opportunities and develop nation-wide WES brand awareness.

A highlight of the conference was the entrepreneurs marketplace where WES Business Award winners displayed (and sold) their products and services and presented their business ideas to WES staff and partners. For example, Mouna Bouchaala presented her idea to develop green housing for college students in Sfax and Mouna Werchefani, an electromechanical engineer, shared her business ideas on rehabilitative robotics (she is creating a robotic finger that you can use on a keyboard using a sensor activated by head movement).

Participants left energized and even more committed to the work we are doing through WES to support women entrepreneurs in Tunisia.

Business Award WES Lauréates

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Le Programme WES a le plaisir d’annoncer les 24 femmes entrepreneurs Tunisiennes qui recevront les tous premiers prix du WES Business Award.  Les lauréates sont des femmes entrepreneurs émergentes et établies qui ont bénéficié d’une formation dans huit centres WES à travers la Tunisie. Elles recevront de petites subventions pour les aider à lancer ou développer leurs entreprises. Ne ratez pas les profils détaillés et photos des lauréates dans les prochains articles de blog et sur Facebook.

Les profils des lauréates du WES Business Awards sont répertoriés par centre WES dans chaque région :

Association de Développement de Gafsa Sud (ADG), Gafsa

Mbarka Mabrouki a participé à la formation WES en Entrepreneuriat. Les innovations entrepreneuriales de Mbarka comprennent de nouveaux modèles et accessoires qu’elle a ajoutés à l’habit traditionnel de Gafsa. Mbarka utilisera la subvention du « WES Business Award » dans l’approvisionnement en matériaux de production.

Hayet Nasra, fondatrice d’une société de conception de vêtements, a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat, Entreprise à domicile. Hayet a l’intention d’utiliser le prix WES pour développer son activité en achetant de nouveaux matériels de production.

Zina Ammar a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat, Médias sociaux, E-commerce, Leadership et Entreprise à domicile. Elle envisage de développer son entreprise de fabrication de tapis « Tapisserie Zina Ammar » et utilisera le prix WES pour acheter plus de matériel.

Kairouannais pour une Culture Citoyenne (KPCC), Kairouan

Leila Aben a participé aux formations WES en Leadership, Entreprise à domicile, E-commerce et Médias sociaux. L’entreprise de Leila « Lella El Beya » est spécialisée dans les articles de décoration pour la maison. Leila prévoit d’utiliser son prix WES pour faire la promotion de son entreprise et acquérir une nouvelle machine à coudre.

Monia Mestiri Ep Jrad est « self-made woman », qui ne doit sa réussite qu’à elle-même, ayant fait ses études à « l’école de la vie». Elle a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile et E-commerce. L’entreprise de Monia, « Monia Déco-Store », vend des articles de décoration conçus sur mesure et sera bientôt élargie pour inclure une nouvelle collection grâce aux fonds du « Award WES ».

Nabiha Zaghouani a participé aux cinq formations WES. Elle a également reçu une formation professionnelle et technique dans la poterie et ses produits sont connus pour avoir des modèles non conventionnels. Elle prévoit d’élargir son entreprise « Poterie Kairouan » et lancer une campagne de marketing en utilisant ses fonds du « Award WES ».

Union Nationale de la Femme Tunisienne (UNFTK), Kairouan

Fatma Boukhris a participé à la formation WES en Entreprise à domicile. Elle prévoit de lancer une entreprise de broderie « Gold Fingers » qui se spécialisera dans la broderie, le crochet et la tricotterie. Fatma utilisera ce prix WES pour lancer une campagne de marketing et acquérir du matériel de production de base.

Raoudha Taam a participé à la formation WES en Leadership. Son entreprise « Taam Society » fait la création de sacs pratiques et légers à partir des différents types de plastiques. Raoudha prévoit d’utiliser son prix WES pour faire la promotion et la publicité de son entreprise.

Zakia Bouafia a reçu une formation en agriculture et gestion du bétail en ayant grandi dans la ferme familiale. Elle a récemment participé à la formation WES en Entrepreneuriat. Elle a décidé de transformer sa formation en une activité entrepreneuriale et créer une entreprise laitière. Zakia utilisera ce prix WES pour finaliser l’acquisition d’une nouvelle vache.

Association de Continuité des Générations (ACG), Sfax

Rania El Aoued a participé aux formations WES en Médias sociaux et Entrepreneuriat. Rania est ingénieur spécialisée en production de l’alimentation animale et a l’intention de lancer une entreprise qui produit de la nourriture animale organique à partir de l’orge germée. Rania explique que cette technique est très utile dans les projets de zones sujettes à la sècheresse et a de nombreux avantages pour la santé des animaux. Elle prévoit d’utiliser son prix WES pour mener des études de marché en profondeur. Rania se voit comme chef de file dans son domaine et envisage que son entreprise aura des branches dans toute la Tunisie et à l’étranger.

Mouna Bouchaala a un diplôme en décoration d’intérieur et a participé à des formations WES en Entrepreneuriat et Médias sociaux. Mouna envisage de lancer une entreprise « Green Home » qui fournira un logement bon marché pour les étudiants et autres clients soucieux de l’environnement. Elle prévoit d’utiliser son prix WES pour enregistrer son entreprise. L’objectif de Rania est de concevoir la première maison verte à Sfax.

Hajer Ayedi a récemment participé à la formation WES en Entrepreneuriat et, actuellement, elle est en train de finir son Master en Comptabilité. Elle prévoit de lancer son entreprise « Recycle-Society » spécialisé dans le recyclage, en particulier la fabrication et la vente de papier recyclé. Hajer investira son prix WES dans l’étude de marché et l’acquisition de matériel de production.

Association Majida Boulila pour la Modernité (AMBM), Sfax

Mouna Werchefani est ingénieur électromécanique spécialisée en robotique. Mouna a participé à la formation WES en Entrepreneuriat et prévoit de lancer une entreprise de production de robots à faible coût pour aider les personnes handicapées à acquérir une plus grande mobilité. Mouna utilisera ce prix WES pour commercialiser son idée d’entreprise et s’approvisionner en matériel de production de base.

Nadia Lahiani a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Grâce à son entreprise « Nadia Creation », Nadia fait de la peinture personnalisée sur textile, bois, porcelaine et autres matériaux. Nadia utilisera le «WES Business Award » pour développer son entreprise en s’approvisionnant en nouveaux matériaux et élargissant l’étendue de son marché. Son rêve est de devenir une femme d’affaires prospère.

Salma Maatoug a un Master en Conception graphique et a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat, Médias sociaux, Leadership, E-commerce, Entreprise à domicile et Communication. « COFFRA », l’entreprise de Salma, est spécialisée dans la conception personnalisée et la construction de la boîte d’emballage. Le Prix WES aidera Salma à améliorer la qualité de ses produits en investissant dans une machine de découpe. En plus d’être une femme d’affaires prospère, Salma veut être chef de file (leader) équitable qui respecte le bien-être de ses employés.

Association NOOR du Développement Humain (ANDH), Sousse

Lamia Ben Ali a un diplôme en gestion de projet et a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile, Médias sociaux, E-commerce, Entreprenariat et Leadership. Lamia envisage de développer sa boulangerie « The Old Bakery » et utilisera le prix WES pour lancer une nouvelle catégorie de produits pâtissiers.

Amina Sghaier est titulaire d’un diplôme universitaire en Design appliqué et a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile et Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Elle a l’intention de lancer une entreprise prestataire de services d’évènementiel au profit des organisations de la société civile. Amina prévoit d’utiliser son prix WES pour lancer une campagne de communication pour faire la promotion et la publicité de ses services dans le domaine.

Chehnez Jarraya est titulaire d’un diplôme en couture et broderie et fondatrice d’une entreprise de création de Kaftan appelée « Jarraya Creation ». Elle a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile, Médias sociaux, E-commerce et Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Elle pense que les Tunisiens sont fiers de porter des vêtements traditionnels et que sa broderie sur soie et cachemire de haute qualité sera appréciée par ceux qui assistent à des événements officiels. Chehnez utilisera le prix WES pour acheter du matériel de production.

Association Tunisienne de Gestion et Stabilité Sociale (TAAMS), Tunis

Afef Mraidi est styliste vestimentaire par profession. Elle a participé à des formations WES en Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Afef estime que l’artisanat tunisien doit être préservé. Elle fait la conception de la robe traditionnelle tunisienne, comme la Jebba et la chéchia, ainsi que les bijoux traditionnels. Afef a l’intention de développer sa production de la Jebba et utiliser le prix WES pour créer une nouvelle ligne de vêtements.

Olfa Barouni a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat, Médias sociaux et Leadership. Olfa possède déjà un diplôme de Master en Management et prévoit d’utiliser le prix WES dans le lancement d’une boulangerie, appelé « Cerise », où elle vendra des pâtisseries tunisiennes et européennes.

Rachida Gannouni est couturière avec une petite entreprise de fabrication de chandails, jupes et vestes pour hommes et femmes. Elle a participé aux formations WES en Entrepreneuriat, E-commerce et Leadership. Le prix WES lui permettra de créer de nouveaux produits et chercher de nouveaux marchés potentiels.

Association de Développement Durable et de Coopération Internationale à Zarzis (ADDCI), Zarzis

Naima Zouaghi a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile, Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Naima est propriétaire d’une entreprise qui produit de la harissa (sauce de piment tunisien) et a l’intention d’utiliser son prix WES pour élargir son activité et acheter de nouveaux équipements pour améliorer le processus de sa production et accélérer son service de livraison à domicile.

Amira Belhiba a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile, Médias sociaux et Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Elle utilisera ce prix WES pour lancer une entreprise de prestation de services de soins infirmiers et de fabrication d’armoires de premiers secours. Amira est infirmière de formation.

Najet Intit a participé aux formations WES en Entreprise à domicile, Médias sociaux, Entrepreneuriat et Leadership. Najet envisage de lancer une entreprise de pâtisserie qui fournira les matières premières pour la pâtisserie traditionnelle. Elle va utiliser l’argent du prix WES pour acheter le matériel de production de base nécessaire pour lancer son entreprise.

WES Business Award Winners

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WES is pleased to announce the 24 Tunisian women entrepreneurs who will receive the first ever WES Business Awards. The winners are emerging and established women entrepreneurs who have benefited from training at eight WES Centers across Tunisia. The winners will receive small grants to help them launch or expand businesses. Stay tuned for more in-depth profiles and photos of the winners in future posts and on Facebook.

Profiles of the WES Business Award winners are listed by WES Center.

Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity (AMBM), Sfax

Mouna Werchefani is an Electromechanical engineer with a specialization in robotics. Mouna participated in the Entrepreneurship WES training and plans to launch a business that will produce robots to help people with disabilities gain increased mobility at a low cost. Mouna will use the WES award to market her business idea and purchase basic production materials.

Nadia Lahiani participated in the Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. Through her business, Creation Nadia, Nadia custom designs paintings on textiles, wood, porcelain and other materials. Nadia will use the WES Award to expand her business by purchasing new materials and increasing her market outreach. Her dream is to be a successful businesswoman.

Salma Maatoug has a Master’s degree in Graphic Design and participated in the Entrepreneurship, Social Media, Leadership, E-Commerce, Home-based Business and Communication WES trainings. Salma’s business, COFFRA, specializes in the custom design and construction of box packaging. The WES award will help Salma improve the quality of her products by investing in a cutting machine. Along with being a successful businesswoman, Salma wants to be a fair leader who respects the well-being of her workers.

Association of Continuity of Generations (ACG), Sfax

Rania El Aoued participated in the Social Media and Entrepreneurship WES trainings. Rania is an engineer with a specialty in animal feed production and intends to launch a business that produces organic cattle feed made from germinated barley. Rania explains that this technique is very useful in draught-prone areas and has many health benefits for animals. She plans to use her WES award to conduct in-depth market research. Rania sees herself as a leader in her field and envisions her company having branches throughout Tunisia and internationally.

Mouna Bouchaala has a degree in Interior Design and participated in the Entrepreneurship and Social Media WES trainings. Mouna plans to launch a “Green Home” business that will provide inexpensive housing to students and other environmentally-conscious clients. She plans to use her WES award to register her business. Mouna’s goal is to design the first green home in Sfax.

Hajer Ayedi recently participated in the Entrepreneurship WES training and is currently working towards a Master’s degree in Accounting. She plans to launch her business, Recycle-Society, which will focus on recycling, manufacturing and selling recycled paper. Hajer will invest her WES award in conducting market research and purchasing production material.

Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC), Kairouan

Leila Aben participated in the Leadership, Home-based Business, E-Commerce and Social Media WES trainings. Leila’s business, Lella El Beya, specializes in decorative items for the home. Leila plans to use her WES award to promote her business and purchase a new sewing machine.

Monia Mestiri Ep Jrad is a self-made woman whose education includes the “school of life,” as well as the Home-based Business and E-Commerce WES trainings. Monia’s business, Monia Déco-Store, sells custom designed decorative items and will soon expand to include a new collection line made possible by the WES award funds.

Nabiha Zaghouani participated in all five WES trainings. She has also received vocational and technical training in pottery and her products are known for their unconventional patterns. She plans to expand her business, Poterie Kairouan, and launch a marketing campaign using her WES award funds.

National Union of Tunisian Women (UNFTK), Kairouan

Fatma Boukhris participated in the Home-based Business WES training. She plans to launch an embroidery business, Gold Fingers, which will specialize in embroidery, crochet and tricotterie. Fatma will use the WES award to launch a marketing campaign and purchase basic production materials.

Raoudha Taam participated in the Leadership WES training. Her business, Taam Society, creates practical and lightweight bags in different plastic derivatives. Raoudha plans to use her WES award to promote her business.

Zakia Bouafia received training in agriculture and livestock management while growing up on her family’s farm. She recently participated in the Entrepreneurship WES training. She made the decision to turn her training into an entrepreneurial endeavor and launch a dairy cow-milking business. Zakia will use the WES award to complete the purchase of a new cow.

NOOR Association for Human Development (ANDH), Sousse

Lamia Ben Ali has a degree in Project Management and participated in the Home-based Business, Social Media, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. Lamia plans to expand her bakery business, The Old Bakery, and will use the WES award to launch a new category of pastry products.

Amina Sghaier holds a university degree in Applied Design and participated in the Home-based Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. She intends to launch a business that will provide event management services to civil society organizations. Amina plans to use her WES award to run a communications campaign promoting her services in the area.

Chehnez Jarraya holds a diploma in sewing and embroidery and is the founder of a Kaftan business, called Jarraya Creation. She participated in the Home-based Business, Social Media, E-Commerce, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. She believes that Tunisians take pride in wearing traditional attire and that her skilled embroidery on silk and cashmere will be appreciated by those attending formal events. Chehnez will use the WES award to purchase production materials.

Association of Development of the South of Gafsa (ADGS), Gafsa

Mbarka Mabrouki participated in the Entrepreneurship WES training. Mbarka’s business innovations include new designs and accessories she has added to traditional Gafsa clothing. Mbarka will use the WES award to purchase production materials.

Hayet Nasra participated in the Entrepreneurship and Home-based Business WES trainings and is the founder of a clothing design company. Hayet intends to use the WES award to expand her business by purchasing new production materials.

Zina Ammar participated in the Entrepreneurship, Social Media, E-Commerce, Leadership and Home-based Business WES trainings. She plans to expand her carpet business, Tapisserie Zina Ammar, and will use the WES award to purchase more materials.

Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS), Tunis

Afef Mraidi is a wardrobe stylist by profession. She participated in the Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. Afef believes that Tunisian handicrafts must be preserved. She designs traditional Tunisian dress, such as Jebba and Chachia, and traditional jewelry. Afef intends to expand her Jebba production and use the WES award to create a new line of clothing.

Olfa Barouni participated in the Entrepreneurship, Social Media and Leadership WES trainings. Olfa already has a Master’s degree in Management and plans to use the WES award to start a bakery, called Cerise, where she will sell Tunisian and European pastries.

Rachida Gannouni is a seamstress with a small business making sweaters, skirts and jackets for men and women. She participated in the Entrepreneurship, E-Commerce and Leadership WES trainings. The WES award will allow her to create new products and research potential new markets.

Association of Sustainable Development and International Cooperation in Zarzis (ADDCI), Zarzis

Naima Zouaghi participated in the Home-based Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. Naima is the owner of a business that makes harissa (Tunisian hot pepper sauce) and intends to use her WES award to buy new equipment to improve the production process and expedite her home-delivery service.

Amira Belhiba participated in the Home-based Business, Social Media, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. She will use the WES award to launch a business that will provide nursing services and manufacture first-aid cabinets.

Najet Intit participated in the Home-based Business, Social Media, Business, Entrepreneurship and Leadership WES trainings. Najet is planning to launch a pastry business that will provide the raw materials for traditional pastry makers. She will use the WES Award money to purchase basic production materials needed to launch her business.

WES Partners share experiences from 2013 and vision for the New Year!

Products created by WES graduates

Products created by WES graduates

As excitement for the New Year sets in, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) looks back at the achievements of the past year and plans for 2014. WES partner organization in Tunisia shared their thoughts on the impact of WES on their organization in 2013 and their vision for the coming year. Below are key takeaways from their WES experience and vision!

WES experience in 2013:

  • The WES program has had a very positive impact on our Association, especially during the time when our NGO was going through a crisis and our supporters had cancelled their membership. Thanks to this program, the WES team has identified new goals for the Association and provided a fresh start to our NGO, which has resulted in recruitment of new members! – Afaf Zaddem, National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan (UNFTK)
  • The WES experience has enabled our organization to become a part of the entrepreneurship space in Tunisia and forge new partnerships with key stakeholders in that community, including chambers of commerce, business incubators and universities. The program has allowed the WES team at AMBM to acquire new skills and share expertise with other entrepreneurs in the community. – Leila Keskes, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity (AMBM)
  • As a partner organization of the WES program, in 2013 we’ve realized the value of strategic planning. As a result of the WES experience, our staff is fully aware of the organization’s mission and committed to achieving our goals. – Sonia Mhamdi, Association for the Development of the South of Gafsa, ADGS
  • For TAMSS, the WES program strengthened its objective to provide women in the community with economic and social support. As a WES trainer, I further developed my communication skills, which enabled me to reach out to women from different age groups and business sectors and help them develop their inter-personal skills. – Fathia Jouabria, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS)
  • Through the WES program, our organization was able to connect with new partners, create a database of women entrepreneurs and expand our visibility. We were able to raise 100,000 TND in additional funding for our programs. – Marwa Rdifi, NOOR Association for Human Development (ANDH)
  • Involvement with the WES program has enhanced our organization’s financial stability, allowing us to successfully implement other projects. We have been able to enhance the capacities of women entrepreneurs in our community and improve the skills of our staff in the past year. – Manel Aben, Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC)
  • The WES program has helped us strengthen the capacities of our staff, establishnew partnerships and commit to new programs. Our successful WES trainings have allowed the organization to recover the costs of the new training center. – Ahmed Moslah and Sana Taktak Keskes, Association of Continuity of Generations (ACG)

WES Vision for 2014:

  • In 2014, we look forward to creating a WES participant database complete with information about the WES graduates and their businesses and ambitions. We also hope to develop and promote a mentoring initiative for women entrepreneurs through our WES center. -Afaf Zaddem, National Union of Tunisian Women, Kairouan (UNFTK)
  • The WES experience will allow us to develop collaborative relationships with entrepreneurs in our community and boost female entrepreneurship in the region of Sfax in 2014. We hope to continue to offer training, support and coaching to women entrepreneurs in the New Year. – Leila Keskes, Association of Majida Boulila for Modernity (AMBM)
  • In the New Year, we look forward to strengthening our professional network as an NGO and access to new sources of funding to support women entrepreneurs in the community. – Sonia Mhamdi, Association for the Development of the South of Gafsa, (ADGS)
  • In the New Year, our organization will reach out to more women in the community and forge new partnerships. We also hope to expand our funding opportunities and improve the quality of our trainings. – Fathia Jouabria, Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS)
  • In 2014, we plan to provide WES trainings for women in the rural community, reach a wider target audience, raise additional funds and organize more events for the Women’s Entrepreneurship Network (WEN). – Marwa Rdifi, NOOR Association for Human Development (ANDH)
  • For next year, we’ll try to realize partnerships with the Ministry of Women Affairs and other donors with the aim of increasing the number of WES participants. We’ll also explore practical and efficient solutions for women in their community to launch businesses and market their products. – Manel Aben, Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship (KPCC)
  • In 2014, ACG will launch the WES Shop and Business Incubator and WES Club Training Center to further support WES graduates. We also hope to improve our communications skills and make the WES center be increasingly profitable. – Ahmed Moslah and Sana Taktak Keskes, Association of Continuity of Generations