Updated on Friday December 17, 2021, 08:34 by Denis Chabrol
- The company is committed to strengthening the community by embracing female entrepreneurship
Guyana Telephone and Telegraph (GTT) announced its support for the HerVenture app’s efforts to reach and grow women-led businesses.
The tech giant’s decision to collaborate with the UK-based Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and ActionINVEST Caribbean in Guyana stems from their promise to the client to build community. Innovative targeting, training and the development of women-owned businesses will positively contribute to the development of the Guyanese economy and create opportunities from which all can benefit. GTT’s full involvement will contribute to the continued dissemination and download rate of this innovative platform throughout Guyana.
Damian Blackburn, CEO of GTT said: “Community building is one of GTT’s main customer promises. If the community has the tools and resources to help them “rise up” then we all benefit. He continued, “Businesswomen are entrepreneurs who often seize new opportunities in the business sector. They are enterprising, hardworking and innovative – which is why we are proud to collaborate with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and support HerVenture users on their professional journeys.
HerVenture, launched in Guyana in September 2021 with funding and support from the ExxonMobil Foundation, is a fun, flexible and free award-winning app for women entrepreneurs. Available on both Android and iOS platforms, the app provides users with essential business training and support through small lessons while encouraging the user to gain self-confidence to transform their business.
Davitri Doerga, CEO of ActionINVEST Caribbean, said: “The HerVenture app has arrived at an opportune time in Guyana where so many people need an easy way to get the knowledge they need to get their ideas across. and their businesses at the top level. In just over 2 months we have seen over 2000 women download and use the app and with the arrival of GTT we expect many more women to benefit from it. We therefore encourage women to visit awareness raising activities across the country and ask our team to initiate them. “
Helen McEachern, CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, said: “We are delighted to be working with GTT to bring business skills and knowledge to even more female entrepreneurs in Guyana through our mobile app, HerVenture. Mobile phone companies can play an important role in directing women to the support, products and services they need to grow their businesses. By working with the Foundation and ActionINVEST Caribbean, GTT is not only helping to support the resilience and development of thousands of women-owned businesses, but also to promote women’s economic empowerment more broadly. We are excited about the great potential of our new partnership.
Future users of this application will also benefit from the many prizes and gifts offered by GTT via online anecdotes, coaching seminars, SMS links and various awareness-raising actions that this collaboration seeks to carry out.
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women works with low-income women entrepreneurs and middle income countries. We work together to enable women entrepreneurs to reach their potential. We are committed to closing the global gender gap in entrepreneurship and creating a future where women entrepreneurs thrive.
Since its inception in 2008, we have helped more than 175,000 women start and develop successful micro, small and medium enterprises in more than 100 countries.
Training, mentoring, networking and collaboration are at the heart of our work, deploying technology in innovative ways to reach and connect with more women around the world. Our approach opens the doors to networks, finance, new markets, investments and opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
As a result, women create a future for themselves, their families and their communities. In turn, they contribute to stronger economies, global gender equality and a thriving entrepreneurial sector.
HerVenture is the award-winning mobile learning app from the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. It equips women micro and small business entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills to successfully develop their businesses. It has reached over 41,000 women to date.
Fun and flexible, HerVenture integrates learning into the busy lives of women. The app provides essential business training and support on the go. It offers nine learning tracks on a range of topics, including starting a business, accessing finance, expanding market access and e-commerce.
The app generates a personalized learning path for each entrepreneur based on their individual business needs. Learning content is provided in small, easy-to-digest formats, such as swipe cards and quizzes, and can be used offline. Users can find and connect with each other, as well as learn about local business events.
HerVenture is highly scalable and can be adapted to any geography or language. It’s currently available for free on iOS and Android in Vietnam, Indonesia, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria and Guyana, with plans to expand further.