Commitment to Action

WECREATE - Women Entrepreneurial Community Centers

Commitment by

United States Department of State

In 2014, the U.S. Department of State committed more than $11 million to build WECREATE women entrepreneurship centers in five countries in sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia: Ghana, Kenya, Zambia, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Each center will be tailored to the country's specific economic concerns and built in a safe and centralized location so that women can get access to resources that can help empower them economically. A public-private partnership between the State Department and StartUp Cup, the WECREATE Project opens the door to entrepreneurship by encouraging women from every background to start and build businesses, regardless of their economic or educational status. The approach helps shift cultural norms by encouraging men and boys to be champions of women entrepreneurs. Tailored education helps enhance their understanding of the power of entrepreneurship and how supporting wives, mothers, and daughters can have profound influence on their families and communities.

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Commitment

WECREATE - Women Entrepreneurial Community Centers

Launched

2014

Est. Duration

3 years

Estimated Total Value

$11,058,206

Region

Asia, Africa

Countries

CAMBODIA, KENYA, PAKISTAN, Vietnam, ZAMBIA

Commitment by

United States Department of State

Partner(s) of the Commitment Maker(s)

Lower Mekong Initiative (LMI), Enclude, African Women Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP), StartUp Cup, Promundo