Vital Voices’ GROW Fellowship Announces 2021 Cohort

Vital Voices’ GROW Fellowship Announces 2021 Cohort

50 Fellows from 28 countries chosen for the International Non-Profit Organization’s Leading Global Accelerator Program for Women Owners of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

May 2021The Vital Voices GROW (VV GROW) Fellowship is proud to announce the 50 outstanding women business leaders from 28 countries across the globe to be a part of the Fellowship’s 2021 Cohort.


Vital Voices is an international non-profit organization that invests in women leaders who are solving the world’s greatest challenges. VV GROW is a leading global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium-sized businesses that are making a social impact. Going into its eighth year, this program aims to elevate women business leaders as drivers for economic growth and social change in their communities, countries and the world by helping them grow their businesses and expand their social impact.


“This year’s VV GROW cohort is comprised of impressive and dynamic fellows who are each driving meaningful economic change in their companies, communities and counties,” said Eugenia Podestá, Senior Director of Economic Empowerment and Entrepreneurship at Vital Voices. “At Vital Voices, we know that women leaders are key to achieving economic prosperity, and as the global community begins to recover from effects of the pandemic, it has never been more important to invest in and elevate leaders so they can scale their businesses and social impact.”


VV GROW Fellws will be provided with customized business skills training, leadership development, technical assistance, and access to networks. Through online trainings, fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value, and put those concepts to work by building action-oriented strategic plans to grow their businesses.


The 50 outstanding women selected for the 2021 VV GROW Cohort are: 

  • Adeyinka Tekenah, CEO, Happy Coffee, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Angela Maria Arias Montoya, Administrative and Human Resources Leaders, Mundo Lógico, Medellín, Colombia
  • Anggela Sara, CEO, Industria Metálica Sara SRL, Lima, Peru
  • Ashley Williams, CEO, Serigrafia De La Gringa, Sociedad Anonima, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Betsy Ings, Managing Member, Mass Hire, Port Elizabeth, South Africa
  • Betty Ikalany, CEO, Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies LTD, Soroti, Uganda
  • Damilola Asaleye, Co-Founder & COO, Ashdam Solar Co. LTD, Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Daniela Ancira, Co-Founder & CEO, La Cana, Mexico City, Mexico
  • Denise Bermudez, Founder & Director, AsesoriasDBJ, San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Elisa Haiara, Director, E-Products Ltd, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Emelda Mwamanga, CEO, The East African Bang Media House, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Esther Altofer, Managing Director East Africa,, Nairobi, Kenya
  • Faridah Hamzat, Founder & Creative Director, Trendy N Vogue Apparel, Sokoto, Nigeria
  • Favour Oluma, CEO, Retyreglam, Abuja, Nigeria
  • Florencia Polcaro, COO & Co-Founder, BigCheese, Montevideo, Uruguay
  • Gloria Batlle, Creative Director & Founder, Onirikka LLC, Boca Raton, Florida, United States
  • Ime Obot, Managing Director, Amela Pharmacy, Uyo, Nigeria
  • Irma Breton Solis, CEO, Avance Empresarial, Cuernavaca, Mexico
  • Jaklin Juanis, Founder and Principal Trainer, Professional Advancement Resources, Sabah, Malaysia
  • Jeanne-Frances Maduakor, Founder & CEO, Abundance Private School, Cotonou, Benin
  • Karla Montes, Senior Marketing Strategist and Co-Founder, WOM GP, Guadalajara, Mexico
  • Katherine Chinang Williams, CEO and Managing Director, Korrok Technologies Nigeria Ltd., Jos Plateau, Nigeria
  • Kattia Jimenez, Owner, Mount Horeb Hemp LLC, Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, United States
  • Kistein Monkhouse, CEO, Patient Orator, Dutches County, New York, United States
  • Lidia Tefera, Founder, CEO & Designer, LiNu Manufacturing PLC, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Lucienne Gigante, Founder & Chief Strategist, Lucenti, San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Lucy Ashman, Founder & Botanical Alchemist, Tierra & Lava, Antigua, Guatemala
  • Manal Milbes, Founder & Managing Partner, Milbes & Eid, Amman, Jordan
  • Maria Jose Sanchez de Ruiz, CEO, Zaxy Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Mariejoe Raidy, Founder & CEO, CreAZ, Paris, France
  • Marjorie Angella Atuhurra, Founder, Gejja Women Foundation, Mpigi, Uganda
  • Markette Sheppard, CEO, The GLOW Brands LLC, Takoma Park, Maryland, United States
  • Mbachi Joyce Ng’oma, Mananging Director, Chidu Café, Blantyre, Malawi
  • Mona Itani, General Manager, Riyada for Social Innovation, Beirut, Lebanon
  • Nancy Manotas, Owner & Product Developer, Manotas Ltd., Toronto, Canada
  • Oluremi Hamid, CEO, Hydren Energy Limited, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Oluwatoyin Adubuola, Founder & CEO, Dumot Renewable Green Technology, Lagos, Nigeria
  • Pam Fanjoy, CEO, Fan/Joy, Erin, Canada
  • Pranati Bagchi, Founder & CEO, The Lavender Spaceship Project, Singapore, Singapore
  • Rasha Laswi, Partner, Andersen in Jordan, Amman, Jordan
  • Regina Nakayenga, Managing Director, RENA Beverage Solution Ltd, Kampala, Uganda
  • Samar Alshorafa, Founding CEO, She is Arab, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Sandra Ejang, CEO, Western Silk Road Ltd., Kigumba, Uganda
  • Shapol Majid, Founder & CEO, Elegant Lady- Khanem, Sulaymaniyah, Iraq
  • Shodigul Mamadyorbekova, Founder and Managing Director, Pamir Trading Company, Khorog, Tajikistan
  • Shriti Pandey, Founder and CEO, Strawcture ECO, New Delhi, India
  • Suzanne George, Owner, Suzanne George Shoes, San Francisco, California, United States
  • Tia Hardy Robinson, Co-Founder & Managing Director, Expath Training and Consulting GmbH, Berlin, Germany
  • Veronica Soto, Owner, VSP Coaching Aduanero y Consultoria Estrategica, Celaya Guanajuato, Mexico
  • Zamzana Mohd Arifin, CEO,, Shah Alam, Malaysia


VV GROW is hosted in partnership with Fedex and Argidius. To learn more about the VV GROW Fellowship, this year’s fellows or find out more about Vital Voices’ work supporting women leaders advancing economic empowerment, please visit our website.