by Matthew Pietras
In Managua, we have seen the temperature climb over 100° the past few days, but I am very happy to report that Agora has withstood the sweltering heat and made significant progress on our partnership with Vital Voices.
Vital Voices is a global organization whose mission aims to train, empower and enhance emerging female leaders throughout the globe. Recently, the Nicaragua division of Vital Voices launched their “Living in Democracy” initiative that will span the next two years with the goal of identifying, mentoring and educating female entrepreneurs. Agora, who also echoes these sentiments and believes that female entrepreneurs play an essential role in the developing world, will be using our past experiences to help structure key elements of the project.
First, the content for the Vital Voices: Living in Democracy website will be created and maintained by Agora over the next two years. The initial launch with occur within Q2 of 2010 and will highlight key information for female entrepreneurs, including financial models, entrepreneur guides and common FAQs. The website will also host a forum where current participants can ask questions to Agora staff and receive regular responses to their entrepreneurial queries. Two-way communication is an essential aspect of this project.
In addition, Agora will be working with Vital Voices to construct four manual-esque books for the female entrepreneurs participating in the Living in Democracy program. The four books will be as follows: 1) Finance and Accounting for Small Companies, 2) Personal Accounting, 3) Leadership based on Value, 4) Persuasion and Incidence. Agora and Vital Voices hope to have the books ready for dissemination in the early part of Q4 2010.
All of us at Agora are very excited for this opportunity as it directly correlates to our expanding women’s initiative, and future partnerships with Vital Voices.
Now, all of the above will be published primarily in Spanish, but for those interested, non-Spanish speaking parties, I am working on making both entities as globally friendly as possible! Many more updates to come on this endeavor!
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