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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

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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

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


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