Rawbank, through its Lady’s First programme and in the context of the month of March dedicated to women, began a five-day training course on Monday 14 March 2016 covering the key areas of management, in which around twenty ladies exercising commercial activities took part.
This training course, organised with the aim of improving access by women entrepreneurs to financial services and given to improve their managerial abilities, includes four modules: drawing up a business plan for a shop, developing a competitive marketing strategy for my SME to improve sales, controlling and mastering my SME’s costs, and using and analysing financial statements.
For more than five years, Lady’s First has been offering these training courses, in partnership with the World Bank’s International Finance Corporation (IFC), to women who have an emerging or already-existing commercial activity. “We teach women how to present a credible and bankable application, how to organise their activity and teach them how to keep accounts so that when they ask for a loan, they are able to provide us with a business plan, for example,…”, explained Patience BARANDENGE, manager of the Lady’s First programme. According to Ms BARANDENGE, the key to this programme remains financing female entrepreneurship.
These ladies are entitled to a training course at an international level, which will facilitate their access to banking services, to information useful for their businesses, and to markets.
“The advantage for me, who does not know much about business, is to learn how I can grow my small business and I think that, with this training course that I’ve just had, I will become more responsible”, says Lolo Milolo, one of the beneficiaries of the programme.
For Taciana Way, an entrepreneur in clothing, this training course is very important because it enables her to properly establish a business plan before investing in a particular area.
This training session which began on Monday 14 March 2016, from 09:00 to 16:00, will end on Friday 18 March 2016. The closure ceremony, planned on the same Friday, will include the presentation of certificates to all participants.
Note that Lady’s First is a programme launched by Rawbank in March 2010, with the aim of supporting female entrepreneurs.