We find out what is working well for the women we work with-- their skills, their willingness to challenge their circumstances with creativity, and their innate design as a person that gives them the capacity to meet a genuine market need with a successful business.
INTERNATIONAL ADVOCATES PARTNER WITH LOCAL ADVOCATES
Advocates representing CWOW train women through a six-module course of study that CWOW has written with them in mind. It is usually given over the course of a week or two and gives them a lot of practical material as well as a deep awareness of their inherent purpose. After our training is done, we leave them with a local leader to mentor them through the process of starting or growing their businesses. That leader is our CWOW liaison, and we guide her as needed but we keep it as autonomous as possible. She is called the "local advocate".
The training modules are as follows:
Identify your Assets- What do you already possess that meets a need?
Meet your Market- What will you make or do and to whom will you sell?
Maximize your Financials: How can you keep your business sustainable?
Transform your Relationship: As a business woman, how will you bring transformation to your family, your co-workers and your community?
Grow your Capacity: How will you meet the needs of a growing business?
Secure your Future: How can a business plan help to maintain your successful business?
A CWOW trained business is considered successful when our women have:
An active business
Highly creative products
Stable cash flow
Continued ethical behavior
We have worked with hundreds of women directly in eleven countries. There are scores of children in Haiti who got to go to school because their moms could pay the school fees and for school uniforms as a result of their training. Women in Kenya with HIV could hold up their heads in pride in spite of the severe ostracism they used to experience when people learned of their status. They knew they now had the power to make an income that could allow them to help their neighbor in need and suddenly their status was no longer a stigma.
After training, it takes $1 a day to mentor one woman through the CWOW program. Initial training costs $180, but each woman is given the opportunity to receive year-round support from one of her own local advocates.
Join us for 3 sessions of our workshop that will ignite your creative business. If you are a small business owner or you dream of becoming one, this workshop will cover the important things you needs to consider as you move into a profitable, sustainable and ethical business.