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World Education in the Lao PDR (WEI)

Women's Entrepreneurial Center

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World Education Laos, through funding from the U.S. Department of State, established the first-ever Women’s Entrepreneurial Center (WEC) in Laos in 2017. The WEC’s goal is to foster the development of women-owned sustainable small businesses in Laos by providing a space for incubating new business ideas and supporting the growth of existing businesses. Located in Vientiane Capital, the WEC offers in-house trainings on small business management, access to finance, and online marketing. The Center also provides scholarships to women from throughout Laos to attend extended vocational trainings on tailoring, hairdressing, weaving, and natural dyes. The WEC also organizes regular meetings and networking opportunities for businesswomen, supports mentoring and information sharing sessions, and provides resources for women to develop their skills and knowledge.

The WEC works in partnership with the Lao National Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the Lao Handicraft Association, the Lao Business Women’s Association, and the Lao Microfinance Association to provide these services. Visit the WEC’s Facebook page to find out about recent trainings and opportunities to participate.

Project Start Date Project End Date Current Project Phase Current Phase Start Current Phase End Project Operational Budget
Jan 1st 2017 Dec 31st 2021 1 0

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Provinces and districts of project activity:

Provinces Districts
Vientiane Municipality

Sectors and sub-sectors of project activity:

Sectors Sub-sectors
Education - Non-Formal Education - Vocational Education
Human Resources Development
Income Generation & Economic Development - Handicrafts - IG&ED-related Training - Small & Medium Business Development
Social Development - Gender and Development

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