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.

There is a participation fee of USD 1,500 for this program, which is approximately 5% of the overall program cost per participant. The fee can be paid in installments and a limited number of need and merit based scholarships will be available to accepted applicants. Vital Voices will cover all travel expenses (flight, accommodations, meals, visa fees) for the 3-4-day in-person training.

Apply now through September 15, 2019. 

Meet the 2019 Fellows

Anja Juliah Abu Bakar

Social Impact Director, Blubear Holdings Sdn Bhd

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Marie-Reine Ahonon

Founder & General Manager, PROCURIS ltd: Food processing

Cotonou, Benin

Chimnonso Azazi

COO, Posh Potties

Lagos, Nigeria

Valeria Calderon

General Manager, Babyayu

La Calera, Colombia

Julia Imelda Echavarria Uribe

General Manager , Proaji Cia Ltd

Santo Domingo de los Colorados, Ecuador

Oghenetejiri Emuveyan

CEO, Legulp Enterprises

Ogun State, Nigeria

Säbeen Fatima Haque

Co-Founder & Managing Director, doctHERs

Karachi, Pakistan

Ana Cecilia Flores

Co-Founder & CMO , Webee Corporation

Mountain View, United States

Mariana Freitas Rita

Founder & CEO, Sirius App

São Paulo, Brazil

Maryam Garba

Development Director, Premier International School

Abuja, Nigeria

Ghada Ghayeb

Managing Director, JumpingClay

Manama, Bahrain

Shannon Grewer

CEO, Victoria Road

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Rasmina Gurbatova

Owner & Designer, Resm

Baku, Azerbaijan

Kerry James

Managing Director, Tsandza Weaving

Manzini, Swaziland

Nicole Joseph-Chin

Founder & CEO, Ms. Brafit Limited

Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago

Sasibai Kimis

Founder & CEO, Earth Heir Partners Sdn. Bhd.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Margaret Komen

Managing Director, Mace Foods Ltd

Eldoret, Kenya

Louise Lonergan

CEO, Lonergan Corporate Gifts Ltd

Kildare, Ireland

Nthabiseng Mahlangu

CEO, Umlondolzi (Pty) Ltd

Johannesburg, South Africa

Genevieve Mawufemor Musey

Managing Director, Blossom Patch Limited

Eltham, United Kingdom

Celia Meikle

Partner, GMS Professional Corporation

Mississauga, Canada

Renata Eugenia Moreno de Flamenco

General Manager, Tuco & Tico

San Salvador, El Salvador

Thandeka Ndlovu

Founder & Director, Total Serve Facilities Management

Durban, South Africa

Chanveasna Nhean

Director, Happy Silk

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Evelyne Nyairo

Founder, Ellie Bianca

Calgary, Canada

Shahnas Oli Mohamed

Managing Director, Natural Wellness

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Cristina Oreta

COO/President, eMethods for Business Management

Pasig City, Philippines

Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi

Creative and Innovation Director, The Greenhouse Studio

Suva, Fiji

Marcela Pimenta Campos Coutinho

CEO, Turismo 360 Consultoria

Mariana, Brazil

Rula Qatami

Founder and CEO, Birth & Beyond

Amman, Jordan

Maria Quintero

CEO, Undercover Inc.

Panama City, Panama

Joanina Razafindrakoto

CEO, Rojo Beauty

Antsirabe, Madagascar

Natalia Redko

General Director, Lac Sant Ltd

Kiev, Ukraine

Takia Ross

Owner and Lead Make-Up Artist, Accessmatized, LLC

Baltimore, United States

Maria Clara Ruiz Zapata


Medellin, Colombia

Yasmine Sakr

Founder & Creative Director, The Farm Branding and Creative Lab

Beirut, Lebanon

Ana Maria Sanchez Troya

Chocolate Innovator & Founder, BeCocoa

Quito, Ecuador

Chenda Sao

Operations Manager, BPS (Cambodia)

Phnom Penh, Cambodia

Robin Seyfert

Managing Director, Basha Enterprises Ltd.

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Shafia Shama

Owner, M/s Shama

Dhaka, Bangladesh

Nuraizah Shamsul Baharin

Managing Director, Madcat World

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Abimbola Silva

Chief Medical Director, Taprobane Medical Center

Abuja, Nigeria