In 2020, the ABA ROLI-led Women and Girls Empowered (WAGE) consortium launched the Business and Social Support for Female Entrepreneurs in Timor-Leste (BEST) program funded by the U.S. Department of State Secretary’s Office of Global Women's Issues. The WAGE BEST Timor-Leste program is implemented by WAGE core partners Grameen Foundation and ABA ROLI. It is an integrated women's economic empowerment (WEE) and gender-based violence (GBV) response and mitigation initiative that addresses the intertwined social, economic, and regulatory challenges faced by women microentrepreneurs in starting, maintaining, and expanding businesses. Through close collaboration with the WAGE BEST partners in Timor-Leste, the program will publish an assessment report entitled: “Women’s Entrepreneurship in Timor-Leste: Opportunities, Barriers, and a Path Forward” to understand the multifaceted barriers and opportunities to women’s business growth in Timor-Leste, map the existing local service providers with the potential to address these barriers, and identify opportunities for linkages to enable these service providers to extend a more holistic and high-impact package of financial, business and social services to their clients.
As we commemorate the International Women’s Day this month and in light of the publication of our recent assessment report, we would like to kindly invite you to join us for a virtual discussion on March 26th, 2021 at 10:00 am TLT. This is an opportunity to share our program highlights and lessons learned from our local partnerships, as well as identify opportunities for moving forward with addressing the barriers to women’s entrepreneurship.