About the Women Investment Network
In support of Women’s Day and the economic empowerment of women through social-enterprise development, ForwardFund, together with Wärtsilä South Africa, launched the Women Investment Network (WIN). The main purpose of this initiative was to establish an ongoing partnership between our existing women leaders in business and our social-enterprise groups. In order to develop these projects into actual enterprises, the idea was that mentorship would continue after the event, and that our women leaders would invest their time and resources on an ongoing basis into eradicating poverty.
Sixteen income-generating projects were presented on the day of the event, with each entrepreneur displaying their products at their stalls. Our visitors (businesswomen/existing women leaders/enterprises) visited each stall and provided support and engagement, which included purchasing products and giving advice on services such as marketing, quality control, advertising and branding, packaging and design.