On Saturday, July 25 the U.S. State Department-funded Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) project, “Empowering Women and Girls through Entrepreneurship,” kicked off the first of four weekend workshops in the Songinokhairkhan district of Ulaanbaatar. The workshop aims to provide women from low-income families with the skills, confidence, and mindset to succeed in starting their own businesses. Women who participate in the workshops will also be eligible to participate in a series of monthly mentoring sessions to help them put into practice the skills they learned.
Fulbright alumnus, and creator of the project, Peter Bittner encouraged the women to look for and create opportunities about which they can feel passionately. More than fifty women attended the workshops, which are being implemented by Gana Purevjav, an alumna of the U.S. State Department’s Humphrey Scholar Program, and her colleagues at the Ganabell Institute of Success. The U.S. State Department created the AEIF in 2011 to support alumni initiatives that promote shared values and innovative solutions to global challenges. AEIF provides grants to U.S. government-sponsored exchange programs to carry out public service projects that utilize the skills and knowledge they gained through their exchange experiences.
The second workshop will be held in the Chingeltei district of Ulaanbaatar on August 8 and 9. For information about participating in the workshop please call 8808 2272 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.