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The VV GROW Fellowship Program launched today in Jordan to train women entrepreneurs and business owners from 11 countries in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates.

The in-person training portion of this comprehensive program focuses on building the capacity, skills, and network of women-owned small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), integrating innovative business trends and interactive learning techniques. The online and in-person curriculum explores topics such as business planning, understanding your marketing, executive financial management, networking, and leadership.

On the first day of the training, Fellows spent time critically thinking and reflecting on their leadership qualities, with an ultimate focus of applying their strengths to a business context. Through guided discussion, the Fellows explored the principles of the Vital Voices Leadership Model and then focused on harmonizing these concepts through goal setting exercises for their businesses. 

Vital Voices recognizes the power of women’s leadership in driving business growth after more than a decade supporting women business owners and professionals at the SME level in the Middle East and North Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Sub-Saharan Africa. The VV GROW Fellowship training took place in Nicaragua earlier this month and will launch in Ghana in mid-November.

Nadia Wehbe of the UAE, founder of Baby Arabia, introduces herself to the 26 other MENA VV GROW Fellows representing 11 MENA countries.




Photo at top: MENA Senior Director, Malini Patel, delivers welcoming remarks at the inaugural VV GROW MENA Training at Fakhr el-Din Restaurant in Amman, Jordan.