Suva, Fiji – Close to 50 entrepreneurs converged for the annual Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) Market Day on December 8 at the UN Park.
Through AWE, the U.S. Embassy partners with the Women Entrepreneurs Business Council (WEBC) and the Makoi Women’s Vocational Center (MWVC) to promote inclusive economic development by providing women entrepreneurs with the skills, resources, and networks they need to start and grow
U.S. Ambassador to Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Tonga, and Tuvalu Marie C. Damour said, “Since the program started in 2020, AWE has trained almost 500 Fijian women from Viti Levu and Vanua Levu in the fundamentals of business development, with a U.S. government investment of more
than US$90,000 (FJD200,000).”
Ambassador Damour highlighted that the AWE Market Day is a chance for AWE participants to showcase their goods and services and put into practice what they’ve learned during the program.
“We’re excited about our participants’ success and honored to support strong, creative women in learning from each other and gaining the skills they need to support their businesses, communities, and local economy. Not only is it an opportunity to shop and purchase Fijian-made products, it’s also wonderful to meet the women behind the crafts and hear their stories first-hand.”
Ambassador Damour also commended partners WEBC and MWVC for leading the AWE program over the last four years.