September 19, 2019

MOODY’S FOUNDATION AND WECONNECT INTERNATIONAL LAUNCH INAUGURAL CREDITWORTHINESS TRAINING PROGRAM FOR WOMEN BUSINESS OWNERS IN NIGERIA

LAGOS, NIGERIA, September 20th, 2019 — More than 25 women business owners graduated from the first Financing Your Growing Business Training Boot Camp in Lagos, Nigeria. The Training Program was implemented in partnership with WEConnect International and Moody’s Corporation through the Reshape TomorrowTM initiative. The aim of the workshop was to teach attendees about the importance of credit and how to leverage it to secure the financing needed to grow a business.

During the two-day event, participants determined their businesses’ capacity to reach growth goals and develop their own capital plan using various sources of financing.

WEConnect International corporate members Citi Bank and Access Bank were in attendance and helped provide additional industry-level expertise, resources, and experience. In addition to facilitating many of the sessions, the banks also provided feedback to an in-depth case study and successfully judged a lively Pitching for Funding Competition.

“The energy in the room was contagious,” said WEConnect International’s Training Program Manager, Sarah Priddy. “In addition to the dynamic sessions with Citi Bank and Access Bank, each of the women business owners made it a point to offer their own advice and support to their fellow entrepreneurs in the room. By the end of the second day, nearly everyone in the room had scheduled at least one follow-up meeting which means the program impact will continue even after we leave the city.”

Two additional Boot Camps took place in Toronto, Canada and Frankfurt, Germany, later in the year.

To learn more about WEConnect International’s partnership with Moody’s and to follow the impact of this year-long program, visit our partner landing page here.