In collaboration with Australia High Commission, Mauritius
The Australian Coaching and Mentoring Program for women entrepreneurs of the Indian Ocean in partnership with the Association Mauricienne des Femmes Chefs d’Entreprise
This current project is an outcome of a working lunch with Natasha Scott Despoja, Ambassador for Women and Girls with all stakeholders on Women Empowerment upon the visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Australia, Hon Julie Bishop and herself in August 2014 in Mauritius under the AMFCE Presidency of Margaret Pan Sin.
A meeting was then held with Diana Tompson, the Oceanic regional commissioner for FCEM and a vice president for TIAW (The international Alliance of Women), Aline Wong, Regional Commissioner for Indian Ocean and Margaret Pan Sin, AMFCE President.
A draft project write up was initiated and submitted to the Australia High Commissioner, Susan Coles for follow up.
Project was approved in June 2015 under the Direct Aid Program.
This was an opportunity to take stock of the commitment of all the stakeholders on the importance to unleash the potential of women’s participation in the economy of their countries.
Program officially launched in margins of IORA meeting in Seychelles.
This project was meant to accompany women entrepreneurs to grow their existing enterprises, develop opportunities to move into the mainstream development, help them to overcome barriers and move from informal to more formal sectors.
Empowering Women For Healthy And Productive Lifestyle
Promoting Health Consciousness & Good Working Conditions in the Informal Sector (In collaboration with European Union, Mauritius)
The Association Mauricienne Des Femmes Chefs D’Entreprise (AMFCE), under the presidency of Mrs. Margaret Pan Sin, has implemented the above mentioned social project for empowerment of women, particularly coming from the informal sector and who are vulnerable and disadvantaged.
The project was financed by the European Union under the Decentralised Cooperation Programme (DCP) II. It aimed at sensitization and education of women on preventive health practices, food handling, health and safety as well as coaching of potential women entrepreneurs for economic empowerment.
We have implemented the project over eleven months from December 2014 to November 2015 and the project has gained high appreciation from beneficiaries due to awareness developed in pertinent subjects (Health, Nutrition, Hygiene, Entrepreneurship, etc.) and also due to strong linkages developed with various stakeholders (Community Centres /SILWF, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, NGOs/Force vives in targeted regions) supporting this social endeavour.
The project has reached a larger number (>300) of beneficiaries than initially targeted (100 -150 beneficiaries). The women beneficiaries regroup poor women entrepreneurs, micro-businesses owners /self-employed, unemployed with interests for business, cooperatives, women associations.
A summarized list of the achieved results is given below:
493 women participants in the various activities of the action;
17 activities organised for the socio-economic empowerment of the beneficiaries;
130 beneficiaries have their Health knowledge on Cancer enhanced and have benefited from free breast cancer screening (echography);
85 beneficiaries have their Nutritional/ Health knowledge enhanced and have benefited from dietician- nutritionist guidance for adopting appropriate lifestyle and food choices;
124 beneficiaries were trained on how to maintain hygienic conditions in their kitchen (home/business) to ensure close monitoring such as cleanliness, storage of food, equipment and chemicals, temperature control and personal hygiene;
151 beneficiaries trained in developing entrepreneurial skills; out of which a group of 50 are being supported through coaching and mentoring;
A B2B /Networking event was organised to disseminate outcomes and results and connect our beneficiaries to available services and facilities that support business development.