Union Bank will support Leading Ladies Africa, in training 40 female entrepreneurs.

The founder, Leading Ladies Africa, Francesca Uriri, said the partnership was part of initiatives on the platform of Alpher, the bank’s women’s proposition.

“We are thrilled to have the support of Union Bank in helping female entrepreneurs develop sustainable and profitable businesses.

”The programme is fully funded by Union Bank through its αlpher initiative, a platform designed to empower women across all segments of the society through capacity building opportunities, networking platforms, scholarships and tailored financial services for women.

”The training will also be in conjunction with the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), so that the participants get to benefit from a global academic and business faculty,” she said.

Ogochukwu Ekezie-Ekaidem, Head, Corporate Communications and Marketing, Union Bank, says the partnership aligned with the bank’s commitment to women empowerment and gender balance.

”We are confident that this programme will equip these 40 women entrepreneurs with the knowledge and skills they need to move their businesses ahead.

”The Enterprise and Leadership Programme will help participants identify and address specific improvement areas and amplify business results by aligning key business management and leadership principles with their organisational practices,” she said.

Leading Ladies Africa has a vision of achieving 25 per cent of female representation in the fields of Leadership, Business, Politics and Advocacy.

Its objectives are to promote inclusivity and diversity, and also to develop programmes that will equip women with skills, in line with the UN’s fifth Sustainable Development Goal of empowering women and promoting gender equality.

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