Empowering women 
• Entrepreneurship Training:

Based on the proven dreambuilder online program, we provide trainings to women entrepreneurs on issues related but not limited to marketing, business plan writing, fundraising & legal advisories

• Product / Process / Service Design Support

We provide advisory services to women entrepreneurs on creating a service concept / a process / a product that focused on the customer's experience. In so doing, we accelerate their business.

• Guest Speakers:

We expose female entrepreneurs to successful business leaders and experts in various domains in a way to bring value to their entrepreneurial journey. Most of our role model are successful women entrepreneurs who have pushed beyond limits.

• Funding

We constantly seek partnerships with various organizations and individuals with the goal to provide funding to the most prospective AWE participants. Some of our partners include the USADF, the Harvard Univerisity Center for African Studies,...

Our mission

Working under the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, AWE DR Congo aims to give enterprising women the knowledge, networks and access they need to launch and scale successful businesses. In so doing, AWE – DRC helps to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo to promote friendly and peaceful relations.

Call for applications for the first ever cohort of AWE DRC participants

The U.S. Embassy Kinshasa in partnership with Groupe Utalii Kwetu invites Congolese Women Entrepreneurs aged 25-45 years living in Kinshasa, Kisangani, Lubumbashi, Goma and Bukavu to apply for the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program 2023. AWE uses a hybrid model that combines the online platform DreamBuilder and in-person sessions animated by experts facilitators.

Join us as a mentor

Do you have an extensive experience in leadership and management? Have you built a post-revenue business? Do you have at least five years of experience building a startup? If one of the answers is correct, AWE DRC is looking for you to serve as a mentor to our female entrepreneurs.

The Academy of Women Entrepreneurs, AWE DRC

AWE DRC to be launched soon

The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State is set to launch the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) DRC. The ECA via the US embassy in Kinshasa plans over the course of this 7-month program, to equip 100 established enterprising female Congolese entrepreneurs with the tools needed to grow their own businesses, raise capital, and effectively network with other successful business owners.

Are you an enterprising female entrepreneur?

Are you willing to bring your venture to the next level and make an impact in your community?

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) DRC is here to help you. With our network of resources and experienced mentors, we can help you achieve your goals. Contact us today and let us know how we can support you on your journey!

What we offer

The Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) DRC is dedicated to helping women entrepreneurs build successful businesses. To do this, AWE – DRC offers a variety of programs designed to provide the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary for success.

  • Entrepreneurship Training
  • Product / Process / Service Design Support
  • Guest Speakers
  • Possible access to grant funding

Our team

Our team is made not only with a group of people with an extensive experience in the entrepreneurship arena in DR Congo. Additionally, they have all been actively supporting the development of female entrepreneurs in DR Congo.

Together we are a powerful force for female entrepreneurs across the DR Congo.

Veridique Musambaghani, AWE DRC program implementer
Veridique M.

AWE DRC program implementor 2021 MWF Fellow / Serial Entrepreneur

Pacy Mukoko Karondji, AWE DRC facilitator / Bukavu
Pacy Bukoko Marondji

Facilitator Lubumbashi Hub CEO of MarZ Corporation

Esther Atosha, AWE DRC facilitator Bukavu hub
Esther Atosha

Facilitator Bukavu hub Entrepreneurial coach for Street Business School

Divine Ela, AWE DRC facilitator Kinshasa hub
Divine Ela

Facilitator Kinshasa hub

Safi Mambo Sophie

Facilitator Goma hub / CEO & Founder SAFI EVENTS

AWE Kisangani facilitator / Gloria Makeni
Gloria Makeni

Facilitator Kisangani Hub


Hear from our alumni on how the program has impacted their work.

To be filled after the complention of the first cohort
To be filled after the complention of the first cohort
To be filled after the complention of the first cohort
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Funding given

Call for applications for cohort 1 of the Academy for Women Entrepreneurs DRC / DEADLINE EXTENDED                                                                                                             Click here to apply.