IOM launches women’s biz program

Many women turned out for the IOM-organized workshop at the Marshall Islands Resort to learn more about the requirements for and resources available from the US-funded program IOM is managing. Photo: Bolden Elanzo.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) hosted an introductory workshop earlier this month for a new funding opportunity to empower women in business.

The workshop, held at Marshall Islands Resort, brought together interested people to learn about the new opportunity for women entrepreneurs. Funding is coming from the US government through IOM, which is rolling out the program throughout the RMI and Federated States of Micronesia.

The program establishes a new funding mechanism for entrepreneurs and small businesses to address gender discrimination and women’s economic empowerment within their business.

The workshop opened the opportunity for women to bring in ideas that can help them build their own business and help out the community with start-up awards of up to $10,000, depending on need.

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