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November 2012

Global Entrepreneurship Week – Empowering Tanzanian Women Entrepreneurs

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November 13, 2012 – Trestle Group Foundation today announced an innovative partnership with Swisscontact and Equity Bank – with human capital provided by Credit Suisse – that will provide direct support to Tanzanian women entrepreneurs in 3 vital areas:

1. Knowledge Transfer – Access to Expertise, Networks and Resources

The program will partner high-potential women-led entrepreneurs with established business executives from Credit Suisse – who will help build the skills, strategies, practices and networks needed to overcome barriers to growth, and achieve long-term success. These “flagship” entrepreneurs will serve as champions and role models to inspire and support other women entrepreneurs.

2. Capacity Building & Skills Development

Based on market and focus group research, the program will create a customized mass business and entrepreneurship training for 250 start-up stage women entrepreneurs. Additionally, Equity Bank will establish the Equity Bank Women in Business Cub to build a network, community and support for these entrepreneurs when the training is complete.

3. Access to Finance

Based market and focus group research, Equity Bank will create and distribute a new financial product – Fanikisha+ loans – specifically designed for these women entrepreneurs, as well as the broader Tanzanian woman SME market.

For more information, please contact Dana Brice Smith at [email protected]

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare.



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