The Road to Growth and Road to Finance programmes sponsored by the ExxonMobil Foundation in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women through ActionINVEST Caribbean Inc., has churned out 96 new female graduates. The women are now equipped with the business and financial literacy skills to expand their entrepreneurial pursuits.
Road to Growth is designed to build the business skills and financial literacy of women entrepreneurs and Road to Finance, developed in 2021, supports ambitious women to build their skills and confidence to successfully secure finance, grow their businesses and achieve their potential.
Dr. Mathias Terheggen, Chairman, Cherie Blair Foundation, expressed that the Foundation is “an act of partnership” using mobile technology for business acumen, supporting over 40 women at the Berbice Chamber of Commerce, New Amsterdam in the past week.
Community Relations Manager of ExxonMobil Guyana, Suzanne De Abreu, noted the value ExxonMobil Foundation places on corporate social responsibility of women’s empowerment, and the strategic goal of deploying technological learning which supports women entrepreneurs directly, to financial independence.
Dr. Alana James, a participant of the Road to Finance, encouraged the women entrepreneurs to view their small business as a growing business, and to acknowledge the importance of numerical literacy in maintaining profitability. Similarly, Davitri Doerga, Chief Executive Officer of ActionINVEST, encouraged keen attention to evolving consumer taste, reinvestments in businesses, and participation in the upcoming Road to Leadership programme.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s Human Services Minister, Dr. Vindhya Persaud urged the new graduates to immerse themselves in the gratification of their success.