Nigeria’s Youth for Technology Foundation and MasterCard have announced a collaboration to provide technology and skills-enhancement programmes for 1 500 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria through the Nigerian Women Entrepreneurs programme.
Women across nine states in the Niger Delta region will undergo 10 hours of classroom and online training as well as networking events designed to allow for exchange of experiences among fellow entrepreneurs. Participants will receive SMS-based messages twice a week with information ranging from business basics, tools, leadership, money management, sales and marketing as well as banking and credit.
“We are keen on harnessing the power of technology to transform the lives of disadvantaged people and communities in developing countries. We are very happy to partner with MasterCard in Nigeria to provide female entrepreneurs in the Niger Delta region with practical tools that will bring transformation to their businesses, and by extension enhance their lives as well,” said Njideka Harry, executive director of youth for Technology Foundation.
The Nigeria Women Entrepreneurs program is expected to accelerate access to financial products for small and medium size business owners, through skills enhancement to boost business growth and development.