Drivers of the Economy: African Women's Entrepreneurship Program Kicks Off in New York

Posted by Talley Sergent
June 7, 2012

The State Department's third annual African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) kicked off its international exchange component in New York on June 4. The African Women's Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) is a State Department initiative launched in July 2010 to identify and build networks of women entrepreneurs across Sub-Saharan Africa who are poised to transform their communities by owning; running; and operating small and medium businesses, and to drive social and economic progress in their communities and countries.

Diane von Furstenberg, fashion designer, philanthropist and Chairman/Founder of DVF Studio LP, led the program by participating in a conversation with the women, who hail from the fashion and textile industry, agribusiness, and home decor. Following the program opening, the women split into sector specific groups to connect with their American counterparts, including ABC Carpet and Home, Adiree PR, Anthropologie, Cristina DosSantos Design, Decoration and Design Building, Global Table, Hunts Point Market, Indego Africa, Organic Shea Butter, and Tory Burch LLC.

You can learn more about the third annual AWEP here and stay tuned for updates.



Sharon R.
South Africa
June 8, 2012

Sharon in South Africa writes:

Halala!!!! To the new dawn shining over AFRICA Halala!!! Women of Ubuntu shall rise..they shine Africa's is only African of me to Celebrate them.. because my Celebration of them is a Celebration of myself....I know they will make it...when an African woman rises she rises a nation...she holds any knife on the sharper side without a cry...she will raise the standard and she will take care of Africa...just like Wangari Maathai, just like Winnie Mandela, just like Queen Modjadji, just like MaSisulu...Just like Janine Charlene Jansen..Just Like Maria Pheta, Just like Bervley Mohale just like Gloria Matjila..Just like Boshielo Valentino Just like Mokgadi Sharon Rapetswa.Halala! AFRICA Halala!!!!


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