Phase one of the AWE program started in July 2019 and concluded in July 2020. WEAC Zambia and BongoHive implemented the program for 100 participants in Lusaka. Phase two of AWE has expanded beyond Lusaka into Kitwe and Ndola. WEAC Zambia will conduct business training sessions for women entrepreneurs in the three cities based on an online course called “DreamBuilder” with the facilitation of experienced business coaches. Participants who successfully complete the training will qualify to compete for grant seed funding from the United States African Development Foundation.
Zambia is among 51 countries worldwide participating in the AWE program launched globally in March 2019 by U.S. Department of State. The U.S. Embassy’s continued partnership with WEAC Zambia (formerly WECREATE Zambia) highlights the U.S. government’s commitment to promoting entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment to help Zambia create a better economic future. This partnership helps to fulfill women’s economic potential, and in doing so, creates conditions for increased stability, security, and prosperity for all.