ISLAMABAD, September 27 (APP): In an effort to uplift women-led businesses and start-ups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and its Newly Merged Districts (NMDs), USAID’s Economic Recovery and Development Activity (USAID-ERDA) organized a two-day Organized the program. Training on business proposal writing for women entrepreneurs and startups.
The initiative aims to address the growing access to finance challenges and gender gap faced by women entrepreneurs in the region, a press release said.
Women entrepreneurs in this sector have significant untapped potential, but they face various challenges including limited access to finance and inadequate business proposal writing skills.
The training empowers women-led enterprises to create attractive business propositions, enabling them to secure funding to accelerate and expand their enterprises and make a significant impact in the private sector.
Anila Khalid, Vice President, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industries (WCCI), “Women entrepreneurs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and NMD face challenges including limited access to finance.
USAID-ERDA’s ‘Business Proposal Writing’ training is an important step towards bridging this gap and empowering women to overcome barriers in their entrepreneurial journey.
“Our goal is to enhance the technical knowledge and capacity of women entrepreneurs and startups in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and NMD, enabling them to write winning business proposals and secure financial resources.
We believe this training will contribute to economic development by promoting women’s participation in business,” said Shad Muhammad, USAID-ERDA Party Chief.
The training covered the essential aspects of business communications, business proposal writing and fundraising.
Sources of raising funds at national and international level were discussed.
Some successful business proposals developed by women entrepreneurs with external financial support were also showcased.
“The training has given us the tools and knowledge to effectively convey our business ideas. I now feel more confident in approaching financial institutions to expand my business,” said Sakina Afridi, trainee and Plastibility business owner.
Through training these indispensable skills, USAID-ERDA aspires to empower women entrepreneurs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and NMD, unlock their potential, and advance the economic development of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and NMD.