As part of its partnership with the country’s National Women Entrepreneur Council, Barclays sponsored an event enabling small business owners from different sectors to network with potential buyers, including hotels, supermarkets and other large retailers.
The 80 women entrepreneurs attending the event come from disadvantaged families with few employment opportunities.
They had the opportunity to showcase their products and make business deals, helping them increase their income and become financially independent.
Chabitree Rawateea, an entrepreneur who produces and sells jelly cups and other refreshing drinks, took part in the event and obtained an important order from a local bakery.
“The meeting was so well-organised and this should become an annual event. It enhances our image and definitely helps us increase our contact lists.”
Anais Lionnet, who manages a small business which manufactures clothes, secured an important order from a Spanish customer: “This meeting has opened new doors for me. I got the contact of the exporter for Spain. I got the order of 5,000 ladies’ wear.”
“I was at the right place at the right time and got this lucrative opportunity. Thanks to Barclays for making this happen.”
Investing in the communities where it operates is an integral part of Barclays Citizenship strategy. With a focus on financial, enterprise and life skills, Barclays supports the next generation to build the confidence and skills needed to achieve financial independence and security.