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In order to develop SMEs that are being steered by women entrepreneurs, Bangladesh INSPIRED partnered with the ILO-Bangladesh Skills for Employment & Productivity Project (B-SEP) funded by the Canadian Government, to organise a series of training sessions for women entrepreneurs on “ Generate your Business Idea” (GYB) as part of “Start and Improve Your Business” (SIYB) programme of ILO.

The first four sessions of this training programme were successfully delivered between February to May 2016 in Dhaka and Chittagong, with participants coming from different women entrepreneurs association. This training programme is a monthly initiative of Bangladesh INSPIRED partnered with ILO, Country Office, Dhaka.

jamalpur-2The fifth session of this training programme was held at Jamalpur district on Sunday, 17thJuly 2016 and was completed on Wednesday, 20th July 2016. This training programme was designed for 50 selected grass-root women entrepreneurs from Jamalpur region, with the purpose to help them gain the confidence and skills to launch or better manage their own micro and small businesses, generate jobs and contribute to the national economy.

Due to the great interest generated by this training and the large number of selected grass-root women entrepreneurs, the training programme was conducted in two sessions, for two days each session where 25 trainees attended each of the 2-day training sessions

The result of the training was that these 50 women participants have been given the knowledge and tools to enable them to grow in confidence and  utilise their new management skills . For most of the trainees this was the first time they had the opportunity to take part in such focused training.

The need for training outside the major cities was confirmed by the high interest from the women entrepreneurs. In addition, many of the woman’s grass roots associations are not able to finance such training from their own resources so this training was well received  as a much needed  opportunity for many of their woman members.