Walmart has announced the launch of its Women Entrepreneurship Development Program. In its third year, the programme aims to equip women entrepreneurs with more skills, training and resources to achieve higher growth and success. Following the announcment, Krish Iyer, President and CEO, Walmart India, spoke to YourStory and shared his insights about the Program:
“Walmart is deeply committed to women’s economic empowerment. WEDP is a flagship programme designed to help women entrepreneurs become more competitive, achieve higher levels of business growth and become resilient in today’s dynamic business environment,” Krish explained.
The programme is open to women-owned businesses in the service sector for the first time this year. Also, the training modules in the programme will cover key areas such as compliance, business strategy, marketing, finance, operations and social networking. This will help the women-owned businesses to scale and grow. Applications close on 4th November 2018, and classes are due to start in December.
The overall coordination and conceptualisation of the training of the programme is led by WEConnect International. Edith Cecchini, Regional Director for Asia, WEConnect International, said,
“During the programme, the women entrepreneurs will participate in a structured capacity building training and mentorship opportunities to support business growth. In addition to the training, which will include life skills, social media marketing, negotiation skills, and other topics, the participants will become part of a community that will strengthen their professional and personal networks.”