Coca-Cola Foundation in partnership with Women in Africa (WIA) on Friday, Oct. 14th flagged off the first group of 687 beneficiaries of its Jamii Femmes program in Kenya.
Jamii Femmes program seeks innovative solutions to bring positive changes in Africa by improving the quality of life for thousands of people.
In its first year, the program aims to support women entrepreneurs based in Kenya, Ivory Coast, and Nigeria.
Beneficiaries of the program will receive support through online training, networking, mentorship, and local boot camps.
The 687 female entrepreneurs are currently engaged in a year-long program being conducted by WIA’s knowledge partner, Honoris United Universities.
Upon completion of the online course, 60 entrepreneurs from the first cohort will be selected for a 2-week accelerator program and assigned coaches to mentor them.
Jamii Femme Earmarks Grants for Jamii Femme Beneficiaries
The program has also earmarked grants to be awarded to beneficiaries to further support business development thereby increasing their impact on communities.
Speaking on the launch Debra Mallowah, Vice President, East and Central Africa Franchise said the program will play a critical role impacting women and communities in the region;
“We are excited to roll out this new initiative as it will play a critical role in accelerating our focus on how we impact women and the communities that we operate in.”
“We are particularly happy to have Kenya as one of the beneficiary countries in phase 1, as it will enable us build on the previous milestones from our 5by20 program.”
Jamii Femme to admit more women in January 2023
The program will be admitting its second cohort of women in January 2023.
The application is open to women entrepreneurs from participating countries with businesses aligned to sustainable development goals.