In Latin American countries,where there are many migrant workers, women are often left behind to take care of their families, taking on jobs such as hairdressers, artisans, caterers and childcare providers.
These working women are often part of the informal economy, selling what they make or do in informal markets. To help them become part of the formal economy, INSEAD has been taking part in the recently-created 10,000 Women programme.
The programme was initiated in March 2008 by Goldman Sachs, which is donating US$100 million (or $1,000 each to 10,000 women) over five years. The money will help improve the entrepreneurial skills of working women in 16 countries by giving them access to a world-class business and management education.
Students enrol in locally-designed certificate programmes ranging from five weeks to six months that include courses such as marketing, accounting, market research, writing a business plan, strategic planning, accessing capital, and e-commerce.
The programme is free for the selected women. In Brazil a total of 500 women will be chosen. To qualify, candidates must have been running their own businesses for at least two years and have finished secondary school.
Because only some 14 per cent of Brazilian entrepreneurs have college degrees and 30 per cent have not even finished grade school, the programme is not restricted to women with college degrees and knowledge of the English language.
Reference:Invest in the working women by Rob Goldsmith
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