Business Training
SKILLS BUILDING OF WOMEN IN BENIN: MANAGEMENT TRAINING
The Women BUSINESS Promotion Center (WBPC) is one of those resource centers supported by the UNDP with the particularity of dealing specifically with the concerns of women entrepreneurs or having an entrepreneurial project. As part of its program of activities, the center is initiating training courses to strengthen the management capacities of women entrepreneurs.
By registering for this training provided by the Women Business Promotion Center, they hope to strengthen their management and marketing capacities and benefit from the support of the Center to access credit and new markets, in order to boost their activities. and their income.
CAPACITY BUILDING OF BENIN WOMEN BY ISESCO AND IICO
In Benin, several international organizations support women entrepreneurs. Such training workshops in digital, e-commerce, commercial management aim to improve the level of empowerment of women, which moreover responds to the vision of the Beninese government which gives an important place to this layer in the development process. economy of the country.
As part of the literacy and vocational training project for women’s groups in the Republic of Benin, the Islamic Organization for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) and the International Islamic Charity Organization (IICO) have offered a 21-day capacity building workshop to Beninese women in order to improve their production. It was through a training session at the Akassato Technical High School that the project was launched by the Minister of Secondary, Technical and Vocational Education.
For the Minister, this workshop has a dual objective. On the one hand, it aims to train women to enable them to know and claim their rights, and on the other hand, to strengthen their professional capacity in sewing and embroidery in order to enable them to access various commercial and professional opportunities. .
45 in number, these women were trained over 21 days, from July 22 to August 11, 2019, on the various techniques of use and maintenance of the machines that will be made available to them, on entrepreneurship, commercial management. , leadership,… etc. For this training, they benefit from 45 machines kindly offered by ISESCO and IICO.
 Finance Literacy
BENIN: TRAINING OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS ON ACCOUNTING AND FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT
UGFS AT SYSCOHADA SCHOOL
In order to provide the Union des Groupements de Femmes de Savalou (UGFS) with an efficient accounting management system that meets the standards of SYSCOHADA’s accounting and financial orthodoxy, training on accounting management was organized for the benefit of twenty-five (25) members of the union. The general objective of the training is to strengthen the skills of union members and technical staff in accounting management and internal control. This training was based on the study of practical cases and put the learners in a real situation by carrying out manual and / or computer accounting exercises and some specificities of the management of projects financed by international donors.
THE CONRAD GBAGUIDI FOUNDATION STRENGTHENS THE CAPACITIES OF WOMEN PRODUCERS AND PROCESSORS OF CASSAVA IN SAVALOU
Thanks to the second edition of the Forum for the development of Savalou and the well-being of Savalou, women producers and processors of cassava in the town were trained to improve the profitability of their activities.
The training, placed under the theme “How to make profitable its production or processing activity?”, Comes in response to the requests of these women during the first edition of the forum, explained Conrad GBAGUIDI. Participants are expected to capitalize on their achievements with a view to progress in their activities, “a guarantee of the well-being of the municipality and of the family,” said Conrad GBAGUIDI.
Denis AYENA, principal trainer, recalled that the said training aims to “teach women to calculate the profitability of their activities through small daily accounts”. “There are expenses that they carry out but that they do not take into account as expenses having an impact on their activities”.
“Before, we produced cassava, we process it and sell our products without accounting for small expenses. Today’s training has made us realize that it is incidental expenses that we were doing out of ignorance,” said Nina. GBAGUIDI, president of the Union of groups of processors in the town of Savalou.
A book of financial management of activities was offered to each of the participants in order to better manage their operations from now on.
IN BENIN, SÈMÈ CITY: INNOVATION MADE IN AFRICA
BUILDING TOMORROW’S SUCCESSES TODAY
Launched as part of “Bénin Révélé”, the government’s unprecedented investment and development program, Sèmè City is a unique project in Africa.
City dedicated to innovation and knowledge, Sèmè City brings together high-level training institutions, research and development centers, as well as incubators of innovative solutions to meet the challenges of Benin and Africa.
Through Sèmè City, Benin wishes to train a new generation of talents and promote the emergence of new models of inclusive and sustainable growth based on Made in Africa innovation . The stake is clear: to respond to the economic challenges of Benin and more generally of Africa, to offer future opportunities to the youth of the continent. By 2030, nearly 200,000 learners will have benefited from Sèmè City’s training programs, and more than 190,000 direct and indirect jobs, including ⅓ of self-employment, will have been created.
Sèmè City is being built in successive phases over 200 hectares in Sèmè-Podji, a peri-urban area strategically located by the sea, 5 km from Nigeria and near a classified forest. Sèmè City is part of an African smart city concept, using technological innovations while fully integrating the strengths and particularities of its environment.
The first innovation campus “Sèmè One” opens its doors in Cotonou at the start of the 2019 school year. Its operators include Epitech Bénin, the benchmark school in IT expertise, and Africa Design School, the first school offering a Bachelor in Design Digital (BDes) in West Africa.
For any registration: https://semecity.bj/
MENTORSHIP IN THE WORLD OF WOMEN’S ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN BENIN
Mentoring is a form of learning intended to support a person at various stages of their professional development.
The mentor guides the mentee in his learning, he promotes the sharing of experiences and the development of the knowledge, know-how and interpersonal skills of the mentee. Mentoring is also an effective way to learn a variety of personal and professional skills. It is an additional means of training intended to promote the integration of new employees into an organization, or the transfer of expertise between an experienced person and another with less experience in a particular field, interested in taking advantage of the exchange.
MENTORSHIP FOR ENTREPRENEURS
Mentoring for entrepreneurs is a free support relationship, based on mutual trust and respect. In this privileged relationship, a volunteer mentor wishes to share his entrepreneurial experience by supporting a mentored entrepreneur and putting his skills at the service of the latter.
Mentoring for entrepreneurs allows the mentee entrepreneur to increase his development as an entrepreneur while being able to have the necessary perspective to better assess his options and make his own decisions.
ROAJELF: A NETWORK AND MENTORING SYSTEM
Together with its partners, ROAJELF works to become a public utility network in favor of an Africa more responsible for its population, more equitable, more autonomous in the achievement of its development objectives. To achieve this, 2,250 young girls and young women members are distributed in the countries of the ECOWAS region in order to strengthen the capacities of ROAJELF as a network for the promotion and protection of the rights of young girls and young women.
WEE INITIATIVE: MENTORSHIP OF WOMEN ENTREPRENEURS IN ELECTRICITY
Women Energy Entrepreneurship Initiative (WEE Iniative) is intended to provide technical support to women entrepreneurs in the electricity sector to improve their performance. It aims to facilitate access to energy market opportunities, to capital and offers tailor-made mentoring enabling women to increase and develop their activities in urban, peri-urban and rural areas.
MENTORSHIP IN BENIN: AN INITIATIVE VIA PLATFORMS
Mentorship is a process of informal transmission of knowledge, social capital and psychosocial support perceived by the recipient as relevant to work, career or professional development. Mentoring involves informal communication, usually face to face and over an extended period of time, between a person perceived to have more relevant knowledge, wisdom or experience (the mentor) and a person perceived to have less knowledge and less experiences (the protégé).
HADJARA IDRISS, CO-FOUNDER OF MENTORING CLUB
Born in Nigeria and living in Benin since 2014, HADJARA IDRISS has a bachelor’s degree in networks and telecommunications then a master’s in software architecture.
In 2015, she joined the WHISPA training initiated by Etrilabs and TEKXL , a program that offers young women the opportunity to benefit from free training in the areas of web programming, digital marketing and web programming. Passionate about entrepreneurship and web and mobile programming, she has set herself the goal of impacting the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Africa, through various initiatives, in particular the “mentorat.club” and “sewema.com” platforms.
So, in 2016, she co-founded mentorat.club. Through this channel, it connects young project leaders with experts from various fields so that they can support them by sharing their expertise and experiences with them. In doing so, it allows them to increase their chances of success. “Mentorat.club” now has more than 1,000 subscribers.
In 2017, she co-founded “Sewema”, an easily accessible platform with or without an internet connection, which offers useful content to entrepreneurs to enable them to create high-growth businesses. This project gave birth to “Sewema Insitute” which is a training and skills building center dedicated only to entrepreneurs and their employees. Today, “Sewema” has more than 8,000 users who actively follow the online courses.