economic empowerment

VV GROW Fellowship

A Leading Global Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs


VV GROW Fellowship

Research indicates that the real drivers of the global economy are women. As business leaders, employees, consumers and entrepreneurs, women are accelerating economic growth and improving conditions in their communities. Despite the proven benefits of women’s economic engagement, women business owners face disproportionate barriers in growing their businesses: they have difficulty accessing business networks, technology, training, financing, markets, and equal protection under the law.

Vital Voices addresses these barriers through our signature program, the VV GROW Fellowship.

The Vital Voices GROW Fellowship (VV GROW) is a leading global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium sized businesses. The program includes customized business skills training, leadership development, technical assistance, and access to networks. Through online and in-person trainings, Fellows focus on strategy and long-term business value, and put those concepts to work with action-oriented strategic plans to grow their businesses. They amplify their role as leaders in their businesses and communities by creating jobs, stimulating long-term economic growth and producing wider social benefits.

Through the program, participants gain knowledge and skills in strategic planning, financial management, marketing, sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources and communications. Fellows get access to valuable technical assistance and become a part of a supportive global network of women business owners, as well as the Vital Voices network.

Meet the 2020 Fellows

Seli Afua Europa Agbenyega

CEO, École Internationale “La Gloire”

Lomé, Togo

Rika Agusmelda

Managing Director, PT Cakrawala Muda Mandiri (CMM Translation)

Jakarta Selatan, Indonesia

Nazma Akter Popy

Owner, Craftvill

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Fatima Al Mohannadi

CEO, Ghaya Management Training

Doha, Qatar

Happy Amos

Founder & Managing Director, Roshan Renewables Energy LTD

Abuja, Nigeria

Theresa Aria Boli

Director, Virtues Child Day Care

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Saana Azzam

General Manager, MENA Speakers

Fajairah, United Arab Emirates

Malika Bassam Mohammad

Owner/ General Manager, Jadara Electronics Co

Amman, Jordan

Heidemarie Bonilla de Cienfuegos

Co-Founder and Operation Manager, B100 Arquitectos

San Salvador, El Salvador

Olufunto Boroffice

Founder & CEO, Chanja Datti Ltd

Abuja, Nigeria

Donna Childs

Founder and CEO, Prisere LLC

Cranston, RI, United States

Thinley Choden

CEO, Bhutan Tours and Travels

Thimphu, Bhutan

Sabine El Kahi

Founder & Managing Director, The Makers Hub

Beirut, Lebanon

Somaya El Sherbini

Co-Founder, RightFoot

Giza, Egypt

Ngozichukwu Etuk

Managing Director & CEO, Otiz Keepers

Uyo, Nigeria

María Florencia Polcaro Infanzón

Chief Operating Officer, Big Cheese

Montevideo, Uruguay

Fannie Gondwe

Founder & Executive Director, Perisha Agro and Packaging Enterprise

Lilongwe, Malawi

Hajer Hmila Mrad

Owner, Hmila Law Firm

Tunis, Tunisia

Michelle Hong

Co-Founder, Rooftop Republic Urban Farming

Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Marina Ibrahim

Owner & CEO, E3M

Elminia, Egypt

María Jimenez

General Manager, WeShipBox

San Jose, Costa Rica

Nora Jeanne Joseph

CEO/Chief Root Cultivator, RADIKAL

Port-au-Prince, Haiti

Reem Khouri

Founder & Manager, English for Fun

Ma`a lot-Tarshiha, Israel

Jacqueline Lawrence

Director, Highlands FM Radio

Mbeya, Tanzania

Ayanna Lee Rivears

Owner & CEO, Socacize Fitness Inc.

Toronto, Canada

Viriya Lim

Shareholder & Marketing Manager, LM Lima Angkor Food Co., Ltd.

Siem Reap, Cambodia

Kali Lindner

Owner, Oula Fitness

Missoula, MT, United States

Haydee Maldonado

Director, Craftco

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Carla Martina Awazi

Managing Director, Maryland Printers

Bamenda, Cameroon

Cristina Massanet

Founding Owner, Café Consciente

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Pamela Matamoros

Founder & Director, Eduktiva

San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Margaret Naggujja

Co-Founder & Executive Director, Musuku Motors & Properties LTD

Kampala, Uganda

Márcia Nardi

Director, New Wave School

Foz de Iguaçu, Brazil

Safiya Omotosho

Founder & CEO, Soltosh Nigeria Limited

Abuja, Nigeria

Yaritza Rivas

Co-Founder, Alterna Communications

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Lightness Salema

CEO, Dream Developers Limited

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Jennyfer Salvo Cofman

Founder & CEO, Soft Power Connections Consulting

Santiago, Chile

Tasneem Shaikh

Director, Aarco Engineering Projects Pvt Ltd

Pune, India

Ashwathy Venugopal

Founder, Teknow Industries Kochi

Ernakulam, India

Matsotso Vuso

Managing Director, Nyamezela Metering

Johannesburg, South Africa

Zoya Ward Issa El Khoury

Executive Producer & Director, Zoya Ward Issaelkhoury/My Movies

Beirut, Lebanon