WEConnect International in Nigeria identifies, educates, registers, and certifies women's business enterprises that are at least 51% owned, managed, and controlled by one or more women. WEConnect International is the only non-profit connecting women-owned businesses with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations outside of the United States.
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News and Events
(October 11, 2016) WEConnect International in Nigeria recently served as partner to the African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) held on September 29-20, 2016 in Lagos. Executive Director of WEConnect International in Nigeria Shade Ladipo was invited to moderate the panel: "Social Entrepreneurship as a Tool for Women's Economic Empowerment." More than 200 people were in attendance including owners of certified women's business enterprises, self-registered women business owners, and corporate members.
Meet Olufunto Boroffice, a female serial entrepreneur with several businesses in Abuja, Nigeria, who’s ready to make a difference. In May 2015, Olufunto established her latest venture, Chanja Datti Ltd – a waste collection recycling social enterprise dedicated to the collection and transformation of waste in the environment to tackle the waste and pollution problem in Nigeria. (Watch their overview video.)
According to a 2015 UNEP report, "Pollution is the largest cause of death in the world. It has severe implications for sustainable development, exacerbates the poverty cycle, harms the environment and biodiversity, causes lifelong disability and stagnates economic growth."
(September 9, 2016) This year, WEConnect International in Nigeria partnered up with Branding For Her (BFH) -- a Nigeria-based nonprofit initiative to support and encourage women entrepreneurs and women aspiring to start up businesses. Specifically, BFH offers free and effective brand identity development and brand support that will make their products/services stand out. This initiative is to encourage more women to step into the entrepreneur space and help them through effective branding and strategy to get there product/service ready for the market.