Mauritius promotes women entrepreneurship with training in sustainable products
Mireille Martin, Gender Equality Minister for Mauritius (center), awards certificates to women entrepreneurs for successful completion of training courses organized by the National Women Entrepreneur council (Image: Cecilia Samoisi)
Mauritius Gender Equality Minister Mireille Martin awarded certificates to 132 women entrepreneurs for successfully following training courses dispensed by the National Women Entrepreneur Council (NWEC) at a ceremony held yesterday June 26, 2014 at NWEC, Phoenix.
The main objective of these training courses was to enhance the skill and knowledge of women entrepreneurs.
The training, which was sponsored by Lafarge Mauritius and Grant Thornton, took place over 4 months with 5 different courses undertaken, namely: manufacturing jute products, bag making, producing healthy food preserves from fruits and vegetables, soap making, and finally, an ‘Empowering Women Entrepreneurs’ program.
This year, NWEC has innovated its training programme by implementing new-age courses that provide women entrepreneurs the opportunity to learn about new products, especially those that promote sustainability, and at the same time expand their business.
“There is a growing demand on the market nowadays for certain new-age products and entrepreneurs are required to respond to this growing need to remain competitive,” said Mireille Martin.
“Thus, even though we have retained traditional courses like preparing healthy food preserves from fruits and vegetables, we have also implemented new ones like jute manufacturing, and all this was done using local know-how,” she added.
By introducing new courses like manufacturing of jute products, NWEC has enabled participating women entrepreneurs to enter the world of sustainable products.
“The participation of Grant Thornton in providing these training courses was to enable these women to have all the necessary tools which will enable them to succeed,” said Raj Thacoor, Managing Partner at Grant Thornton Mauritius.
“Introducing the new course, ‘Manufacture of Jute products’, shows us that our local entrepreneurs are driving towards sustainable products to protect the environment,” he added.
For her part, the Director of Lafarge Mauritius, Anne-Brigitte Spitzbarth, said that it was an honor for Lafarge Mauritius to sponsor these 132 women.
“To participate in the development of these women has been a great pleasure and seeing their motivation and their work ethic at the last event spurred on Lafarge Mauritius to sponsor NWEC for the second time,” she added.
“We hope that this not only brings about positive outcomes in the near future, but positive outcomes on a long-term basis,” she concluded.
- By Cecilia Samoisi