We Work To Empower Female Entrepreneurs in DR Congo

Working under the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State, AWE DRC 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.

Funding given

Empowering women entrepreneurs to drive economic growth and break the vicious circle of poverty

AWE is the State Department’s flagship program supporting the Women’s Global Development and Prosperity Initiative (W-GDP), launched by White House Advisor Ivanka Trump in February, 2019 in Cote d’Ivoire. W-GDP has the ambitious goal of reaching 50 million women worldwide to fulfill their economic potential.

Currently, AWE operates in more than 100 countries and has been rolled out in DR Congo in 2023. AWE DRC will help women entrepreneurs by providing them the knowledge, networks, and access they need to scale their businesses. It focuses on early stage and enterprising women entrepreneurs evolving in 5 targeted cities which have been used as a launching pad: Goma, Bukavu, Lubumbashi, Kisangani, and Kinshasa.

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What we offer

The Academy of 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

Become a mentor / speaker / facilitator

Join us to empower female entrepreneurs

We are constantly looking for experienced entrepreneurs / business leaders (preferably women) with post revenue business to join our dedicated team of facilitators that is building a new generation of impact female entrepreneurs through mentorship.

Mentors will serve as volunteers associated with the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs. We count on your heart of helping others, and your dedication to leaving the World better than you found it. So, if you think that describes you, then you might be whom they are looking for.

Currently, the AWE team includes over 10 changemakers from around the DR Congo including facilitators, mentors and support staffs, and they are looking for more amazing people to join AWE – DRC team