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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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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.

On February 22nd, 2019, over 200 women business owners, corporate representatives, and delegates from the US Embassy and South African government convened together to celebrate female entrepreneurship and the opportunities for collaboration to drive business growth with WEConnect International. The event was the 4th WEConnect International in South Africa Annual Conference, hosted by EY, in Sandton, Johannesburg.

Jean Chawapiwa

Country Director, South Africa

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