With limited access to vocational training, money to earn and families to take care of, it can be difficult for young women to become entrepreneurs. The past couple of years have been particularly challenging due to the Covid-19 pandemic. “Women in Action” projects aim to help women create their own small sewing business and, importantly, the projects provide extended support to help women succeed. Currently operating in Cabinda, Luanda and Benguela, the projects provide 6 months of skills training, followed by an incubation period. During incubation, women can access sewing machines to help them start production and save for their own machine. They get help to open a bank account and gain a sales licence. Joint marketing initiatives are organized, and sometimes women just need moral support.
In August, we caught up with some graduates from the courses to hear about their business plans.