U.S. Govt supports entrepreneurship training for women
International Women’s Day was celebrated yesterday (8) by way of an innovative entrepreneurship training programme supported by the US Government in partnership with Sri Lanka’s Department of Samurdhi Development.
“On International Women’s Day , we celebrate the inspirational Sri Lankan women who are forging their own paths to success,” said Reed Aeschliman, US Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director for Sri Lanka and Maldives adding that the US is proud to support thousands of Sri Lankan women as they establish microenterprises, improve their livelihoods, and contribute to the economy.
The US Government-sponsored activity builds entrepreneurship skills among rural women and youth to help them become financially independent micro-entrepreneurs. Through a pilot project with the Department of Samurdhi, USAID provided training for 1,250 people in Matara that resulted in the establishment of 410 businesses, 343 of which are women-owned.
Phase two of the project will provide training for another 1,500 women in Matara and will be rolled out to 6,000 trainees in five additional districts. The project, called ‘YouLead’, will also launch free online entrepreneurship training modules that are accessible to anyone with entrepreneurship aspirations via www.youlead.lk.
Through its ‘YouLead’ programme, USAID improves vocational education, builds a more skilled workforce, and links youth to productive careers. It is one component of the long-standing partnership between the America and Sri Lanka to support self-reliance, strengthen stability, and promote economic growth.