MEPI Support for Tunisian Women’s SMEs
From March 10-11, 2014 Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) conducted a conference for Tunisian women entrepreneurs to share best practices among women-led small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
WES Partners share experiences from 2013 and vision for the New Year
As excitement for the New Year sets in, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) looks back at the achievements of the past year and plans for 2014. WES partner organizations in Tunisia shared their thoughts on the impact of WES on their organization in 2013 and their vision for the coming year.
WES works with 100 women in local fisheries in Sfax
In May and June of 2013 WES trainers from ACG traveled to Graiba to train 100 women in leadership, entrepreneurship and home-based business. During the trainings, the women expressed an interest in working as a group to enhance their bargaining potential. ACG worked with them to create an Association for Women of the Clam Fishery and Development.
WES Fair at the Spring Art Festival in Kairouan
In honor of Heritage Month in Kairouan and the start of the Spring Art Festival, WES Partners Kairouanians for the Culture of Citizenship and The NOOR Association for Human Development organized a fair to showcase products of WES entrepreneurs from April 27 - 30th, 2013
Women's Enterprise for Sustainability: Supporting Innovators and Leaders
A look into the WES program through personal stories of women entrepreneurs and WES partners.
Boudour Khthiri’s Mobile Restaurant
“This project changed my life and made me a different person. I now feel like a fighter who wakes up every day to change my life for the better. I am more confident and stronger and I am sure that I can make it!”
Turkia Saiidi's Determination to be a Successful Entrepreneur
Turkia Saiidi launched her Margoum weaving business in 1999, during Ben Ali’s autocratic rule over Tunisia. Despite Ali’s policies to foster economic development, small and rural businesses suffered while the rest of the country prospered. This is the climate in which Turkia started her business.
Fathia Jouabria's Journey to Becoming a WES Trainer
Borj Louzir is one of the poorer neighborhoods in Tunisia’s capital city, Tunis. For four years, Fathia Jouabria managed a micro-credit program in Borj Louzir run by the Tunisian Association for Management and Social Stability (TAMSS). She successfully helped low-income women secure micro-loans to start small businesses and support their families.
February 10, 2014
IIE's Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives Announces Winners of the WES Business Award in Tunisia
The Institute of International Education (IIE) announced today the 24 Tunisian women entrepreneurs who will receive the first ever WES Business Award. The winners are aspiring and emerging women entrepreneurs who have benefited from training at eight Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES) Entrepreneurship Centers across Tunisia. The winners will receive small grants, with a combined total of $20,000 USD, to help them launch or expand businesses.
November 13, 2012
Institute of International Education Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives Launches New Program for Women Entrepreneurs in Tunisia
The Institute of International Education (IIE) Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives is partnering with eight women-led organizations in Tunisia to deliver leadership, social media, e-commerce and entrepreneurship training to emerging and established women entrepreneurs throughout the country. The new program, Women’s Enterprise for Sustainability (WES), is funded by the Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI) of the U.S. Department of State.
Tunisian Women Seek Economic Empowerment
Tunisia Live - The dip that Tunisia’s economy took after the revolution has hit the average person hard. If you’re a woman, though, the odds are particularly stacked against you in the current labor market.
October 2, 2012
Ms. Chema Gargouri, WES Country Director, Discusses the Role of Civil Society in Tunisia's Democratic Transition
Middle East Constitutional Forum - In a podcast interview with The Middle East Constitutional Forum, Ms. Chema Gargouri discusses the changes in civil society after the fall of Ben Ali; the challenges and successes.