economic empowerment

VV GROW Fellowship

A Leading Global Accelerator for Women Entrepreneurs

VV GROW Fellowship

The Vital Voices GROW Fellowship is a leading global accelerator program for women owners of small and medium-sized businesses that are making a social impact. Going into the 8th 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.

Today, there are an estimated 12 million women-owned small and-medium sized businesses around the world, and 7 million of those businesses are in developing countries. Globally, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) represent 45% of full time employment and more than 70% job creation in low- and middle-income countries. But women business owners face disproportionate challenges in accessing the services and support needed to grow their businesses, including financial services, business training, networks and access to markets.

At Vital Voices, we believe that women-owned businesses are a powerful force for inclusive growth and prosperity. By supporting women at the helm of SMEs and businesses, the VV GROW Fellowship helps women create jobs, catalyze economic growth and drive social change around the world.

VV GROW offers 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.

With VV GROW, Fellows gain knowledge and skills in strategic planning, financial management, marketing, sales, strategic networking, leadership, human resources and communications. Fellows receive valuable technical assistance and become part of a supportive global network of women leaders across the Vital Voices global network.

Meet the 2021 Fellows

Oluwatoyin Adubuola

Founder and CEO, Dumot Renewable Green Technology

Lagos, Nigeria

Samar Alshorafa

Founding CEO, She is Arab

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Esther Altorfer

Managing Director East Africa,

Nairobi, Kenya

Daniela Ancira

Co-Founder and CEO, La Cana

Mexico City, Mexico

Damilola Asaleye

Co-Founder & COO, Ashdam Solar Co. LTD

Ibadan, Nigeria

Marjorie Angella Atuhurra

Founder, Gejja Women Foundation

Mpigi, Uganda

Pranati Bagchi

Founder and CEO, The Lavender Spaceship Project

Singapore, Singapore

Gloria Batlle

Creative Director & Founder, Onirikka LLC

Boca Raton, Florida, United States

Denise Bermudez

Founder & Director, AsesoriasDBJ

San Jose, Costa Rica

Irma Breton Solis

CEO, Avance Empresarial

Cuernavaca, Mexico

Sandra Ejang

CEO, Western Silk Road, Ltd.

Kigumba, Uganda

Pam Fanjoy

CEO, Fan/Joy

Erin, Canada

Suzanne George

Owner, Suzanne George Shoes

San Francisco, California

Lucienne Gigante

Founder and CEO, Lucenti

San Juan, Puerto Rico

Elisa Haiara

Manager, E-Products Ltd

Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Oluremi Hamid

CEO, Hydren Energy Limited

Lagos, Nigeria

Tia Hardy Robinson

Co-Founder and Managing Director, Expath Training and Consulting GmbH

Berlin, Germany

Faridah Hamzat

Founder and Creative Director, Trendy N Vogue Apparel

Sokoto, Nigeria

Katherine Chinang Williams

CEO and Managing Director, Korrok Technologies Nigeria Ltd.

Jos Plateau, Nigeria

Betty Ikalany

CEO, Appropriate Energy Saving Technologies LT

Soroti, Uganda

Betsy Ings

Managing Member, Mass Hire

Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Mona Itani

General Manager, Riyada for Social Innovation

Beirut, Lebanon

Kattia Jimenez

Owner, Mount Horeb Hemp LLC

Mount Horeb, United States

Maria Jose Sanchez de Ruiz

CEO, Zaxy Guatemala

Guatemala City, Guatemala

Jaklin Juanis

Founder, Professional Advancements Resources

Sabah, Borneo, Malaysia

Rasha Laswi

Partner, Andersen in Jordan

Amman, Jordan

Jeanne-Frances Maduakor

Founder & CEO, Abundance Private School

Cotonou, Benin

Shapol Majid

Founder and CEO, Elegant Lady – Khanem

Sulaimaniyah, Iraq

Shodigul Mamadyorbekova

Founder and Managing Director, Pamir Trading Company

Khorog, Tajikistan

Nancy Manotas

Owner and Product Developer, Manotas Ltd.

Toronto, Canada

Angela María Arias Montoya

Administrative and Human Resources Leader, Mundo Lógico

Medellín, Colombia

Manal Milbes

Founder and Managing Partner, PlayGround

Amman, Jordan

Lidia Million Tefera

Founder, CEO & Designer, LiNu Manufacturing PLC

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Zamzana Mohd Arifin


Shah Alam, Malaysia

Kistein Monkhouse

CEO, Patient Orator

New York, United States

Karla Montes

Senior Marketing Strategist and Co-Founder, WOM GP

Guadalajara, Mexico

Emelda Mwamanga

CEO, The East African Bang Media House

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Regina Nakayenga

Managing Director, RENA Beverage Solution Ltd

Kampala, Uganda

Ime Obot

Managing Director, Amela Pharmacy

Uyo, Nigeria

Favour Oluma

CEO, Retyredglam

Abuja, Nigeria

Shriti Pandey

Founder and CEO, Strawcture ECO

New Delhi, India

Florencia Polcaro

COO and Co-Founder, BigCheese

Montevideo, Uruguay

Mariejoe Raidy

Founder and CEO, CreAZ

Paris, France

Anggela Sara

CEO, Industria Metalica Sara SRL

Lima, Peru

Markette Sheppard

CEO, The GLOW Brands LLC

Takoma Park, United States

Veronica Soto

Owner, VSP Coaching Aduanero y Consultoria Estrategica

Celaya Guanajuato, Mexico

Adeyinka Tekenah

CEO, Happy Coffee

Lagos, Nigeria

Ashley Williams

CEO, Serigrafia De La Gringa, Sociedad Anonima

Guatemala City, Guatemala


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