In Peru, WEConnect International is working with Market Connections to support and certify women business owners in the region.


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Event Wrap Up: ESAN University Conference

In late April, WEConnect International participated in the conference "Why are there still empty chairs? The challenges for women in the work force" organized by ESAN University, in Lima.  Belisa de las Casas, Director for Latin America, showcased  success stories of women who, despite the existing barriers, are now part of  corporate value chains due to their certification. Highly respected and well-known researchers were among the speakers as well as the Minister of Social Inclusion and Minister of Education. The event was attended by some 150 people. 

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Apply for VV GROW Fellowship by January 31, 2016

We are thrilled to announce that our partner, Vital Voices, is currently accepting applications for the 2016-2017 VV GROW Fellowship! The VV GROW Fellowship is a highly competitive one-year accelerator program for women owners of small and medium businesses in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Middle East and North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa. Learn more about the Vital Voices GROW Fellowship and how to apply for the 2016-2017 fellowship here:

Foro Anual de WEConnect International en Perú

“Incorporando a Mujeres Empresarias en Cadenas Globales de Valor” 

Martes 26 de Mayo del 2015, 8:45 a.m., Lima

En este evento de talla internacional, las mujeres propietarias de empresas tendrán la oportunidad de conocer los procesos de compra de grandes corporaciones, y cómo la certificación les puede ayudar a convertirse en proveedoras de corporaciones multinacionales... 

In Conjunction with the WBENC National Conference, WEConnect International Presents International Day 2015 


Date: Monday, June 22, 2015
Location: Austin, TX

If your company is interested in the U.S. Market, seeks international business relationships, or wants to grow and expand, please join us for WEConnect International Day!

You will leave the conference with:

  • New contacts from potential business clients and partners
  • Stronger relationships with women business owners and corporate members in the WEConnect International network
  • Advanced knowledge, tools, and resources for leveraging the contacts and your network for future business success

Please NoteThis event is a by invitation only event. Anyone who registers is subject to verification and only a written confirmation from WEConnect International will be accepted at the door. Guests whom are not invited by WEConnect International will be put on a wait list to be confirmed a week prior to the event based on space availability. 

Register now for International Day and for the WBENC National Conference.

May 12, 2015


Launching Empresaras en Acción Training Program / Lanzamiento del Programa Empresarias en Acción
Lima, Peru

May 26, 2015


WEConnect International in Peru Annual Conference / IV Foro WEConnect International en el Perú y Lanzamiento Empresarias en Acción 
Lima, Peru

June 4-5, 2015


Empresarias en Acción Training Program in Chincha / Empresarias en Acción en Chincha 
Chincha, Peru

June 18, 2015


Meet the Member-Coca Cola / Conoce a la Corporación Miembro-Coca Cola
Lima, Peru

September 17, 2015


Red Mujer Business Roundtable / Ruenda de Negocios Red Mujer
Lima, Peru

November 19, 2015


Women's Entrepreneurship Day / Día de la Mujer Emprendedora
Lima, Peru


2015 LAF Braz Chile PeruFirst Latin American Regional Forum
"Connecting Women-Owned Businesses with Global Value Chains"

On March 26, 2015, WEConnect International held its first regional forum in Colombia featuring key speakers, training sessions, networking opportunities, and a trade fair.  This event also marked WEConnect International’s official opening in Colombia and features its Women Business Enterprises (WBEs). Special recognition awards were also presented to WBEs, WEConnect International corporate members, and partnership organizations that have demonstrated exceptional success and leadership. 

See photos from the event on Facebook!

Read more about the event in the news:

  • EFE: "WEConnect International llega Colombia para impulsar a mujeres empresarias"
  • El Espectador: "Una red que ayuda a las mujeres empresarias"
  • El Economista America: "Empresarias colombianas se vincularán a grandes cadenas globales de valor"
  • Entorno Inteligente: "Empresaras globales, tras negocios con firmas de mujeres"
  • KienyKe: "Ella empezó con un restaurante casero y hoy provee a cinco multinacionales"

WEConnect International in Peru holds successful "Meet The Member" event with corporate member Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)

Lima, Peru. August 20, 2014 - Women business owners in Peru had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Inter-American Bank including Fidel Jaramillo, Country Representative in Peru, who led an insightful presentation on their procurement processes and procedures. 

Sodexo makes strategic alliance with WEConnect International

Since last March, Sodexo Peru has been represented in the WEConnect International Council, Peruvian Chapter. This organization identifies educates, registers, and certifies business that are owned by one or more women, connecting them with multinational corporate buyers. 

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Products PeruWEConnect International wraps up successful Latin America event series with forum in Peru

Over two hundred Peruvian women entrepreneurs took part on April 11th in the Third Annual WEConnect International Forum held in Lima.

The event, “Incorporating Women into the Global Value Chains,” also gathered executives from leading global corporations and representatives from multilateral institutions. Senior Foreign Officer Jeffrey Hovenier attended in representation of the US Embassy.

“We doubled the number of participants from the 2nd forum last year.  Peruvian female business owners are an outstanding example of determination and entrepreneurship!” said Belisa de las Casas, Director for Latin America, WEConnect International.

The program featured a panel on how to understand procurement processes. The panel included Monica Lomba of Dell Latin America, Carolina Rouillon of Sodexo Peru, Carolina Costa of Pfizer Peru and Manual del Carpio of IBM.

There was also a matchmaking session and an expo where 18 women entrepreneurs certified by WEConnect International displayed their products and services.

The forum in Lima, which followed similar events in Brazil and Chile, was generously supported by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Rockefeller Foundation.

The event was widely covered by local media outlets.

Photo: Women business owners exhibit their products during the Third Annual WEConnect International Forum in Peru.




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