Vital Voices Global Partnership is the preeminent non-governmental organization that identifies, trains and empowers emerging women leaders and social entrepreneurs around the globe, enabling them to create a better world for us all. From 6-9 October the organization hosted the Vital Voices VV GROW Fellowship Training program in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Over the four day training session twenty-one VV GROW Fellows from ten countries throughout sub Saharan Africa developed action plans for business growth and learned about opportunities for women owned small and growing businesses from investors and lenders working across the continent. Vital Voices asked GroFin Investment Executive Emmanuel Elisante to speak on the Access to Finance Panel. Both GroFin and Vital Voices recognize that access to finance is a key barrier to growth for many women owned enterprises and are actively engaged in remedying the situation.
Elisante, who has been with GroFin for the past four years, said “It was exciting to meet female entrepreneurs from across Africa who were articulate and to the point in explaining investment opportunities and how they would want to realize their dreams. They indeed appreciated GroFin’s integrated approach, specifically when it came to pre-finance support and business support post investment.”