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WEConnect International in South Africa 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 organisation in South Africa that provides the seal of certification uniquely to Women Business Enterprises (WBEs), and also, that connects these WBEs with multi-national corporate purchasing organizations across diverse industries. Our signature seal of certification is a formal guarantee to corporations that they are purchasing goods and/or services from South African businesses that meet universal standards for WBEs. Find out more.

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On 23 July 2019 WEConnect International in South Africa, UN Women, and Johnson & Johnson brought the collaboration and matchmaking workshop to East London in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, for the first time. The event was hosted by Johnson & Johnson (J&J) at their East London Plant.

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With the support of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), International Finance Corporation and WEConnect International have partnered to promote market access opportunities for women-owned enterprises in emerging markets.

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On May 17th, 2019, Procter & Gamble (P&G), in partnership with WEConnect International, launched the second edition of the P&G Business Development Program in South Africa. This year, over twenty women-owned businesses were selected to attend the five-week training event designed to further develop their capacity as suppliers and, ultimately, help them grow and scale. The program, set in Johannesburg, is in its second edition after a successful pilot cohort in 2017.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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