ACCESS! means solutions for hundreds of women entrepreneurs in Africa. True to its name, the programme has empowered women in sectors from coffee, leather and horticulture to textiles, handicrafts and services by giving them access to regional and global markets as well as the tools to ensure their success.
This innovative regional gender initiative helped Sara Katerbalirwe build her traditional bark cloth business into the largest and most innovative company of its kind in Uganda. She praises her ACCESS! training in 2007-2008 for helping her professionalise Marie-Sar Agencies Ltd., which creates home furnishings, office decorations and fashion accessories. Her sales, production capacity and workforce have more than doubled since then, and Sara Katerbalirwe now has full-time employees as well as 90 women working part time.
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