The United States Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) is pleased to continue its partnership with the ACE Health Foundation in support of ECA’s Academy for Women Entrepreneurs (AWE). ECA’s partnership with ACE Health Foundation expands learning and business growth opportunities for women entrepreneurs globally in direct support of the US National Gender Equity and Equality Strategy.
Fiona Luswata, Founder of Kustawi Africa, an implementer of AWE Uganda, shared, “Pooja Chandra Pama, Founder of ACE Health Foundation, has been a gift to AWE Uganda that continues to give thanks to her generous contribution of money, time and commitment. Her professionalism and consistency – for a group of women she has never met – is a clear demonstration of the role models AWE participants must emulate to become the formidable entrepreneurs they seek to be.
AWE in Uganda was launched in 2019 and over 600 women from across the country have participated in this essential business training. With new cohorts enrolling in the program for Fall 2022, Ugandan women continue to benefit from AWE’s comprehensive entrepreneurship program, which begins with the generation of a business idea through to actual implementation. Generous seed funding and laptop computer donations provided by ACE Health Foundation have motivated businesswomen to formalize their business plans and take the next steps in their careers.
As part of the ongoing collaboration in Uganda, ACE Health Foundation Founder and CEO Ms. Pama conceptualized two specialist courses, DreamSchemes 501 and MasterMinds 502, to provide students with structured opportunities to meet professional mentors and groups. peers in similar industries to share knowledge and resources. These programs will be made available to the approximately 400 AWE alumni in Uganda. DreamSchemes and MasterMinds are designed to foster strategic networks that can lead to scaling opportunities with businesses in each region and the United States.
Ms. Pama says: “I am driven by the belief that with privilege comes the responsibility to help others, an ethic established in my early childhood through the influence of my first and wisest mentor – my mother. I am proud to strengthen the efforts of these budding entrepreneurs through the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) program. I am confident that the efforts of the highly committed AWE team, our seed funding, and our programs like DreamSchemes 501 and MasterMinds 502 will contribute to their success and cultivate their desire to uplift others as they progress. I look forward to seeing the impact these inspiring women will have on their communities and the world.
In India, the public-private partnership with ACE Health Foundation provides funding for additional AWE cohorts. AWE has empowered nearly 350 female entrepreneurs in over 10 cities across India since 2020.
The US State Department created AWE in 2019 to provide women entrepreneurs with the knowledge, networks, and access they need to launch or grow their businesses. AWE partners with Arizona State University’s Thunderbird School of Global Management (ASU) and uses its online learning platform DreamBuilder, created by ASU in collaboration with the Freeport-McMoRan Foundation, to offer courses on entrepreneurship. An evaluation of the program in 2021 showed that 74% of women who complete the AWE program increase their business revenue and 29% hire more staff. Implemented in nearly 100 countries since 2019, AWE has helped more than 16,000 women entrepreneurs around the world grow their business and adapt to new economic realities under COVID-19. For more information about public-private partnerships with the ECA, contact the Public-Private Partnerships Unit at [email protected] To learn more about AWE, visit https://eca.state.gov/awe or contact [email protected]