The Women Creating Wealth (WCW) programme is the Graca Machel Trust's flagship entrepreneurship programme designed to build women entrepreneurs confidence, skills & networks to scale their businesses and transition from income generation to wealth creation.  The entrepreneurship programme has impacted 500 women entrepreneurs in Southern & East Africa. 

 The Women Creating Wealth (WCW) programme is calling on young entrepreneurs with a vision and ambition to grow their business 10x in the next  5 years to join the pan-African business women movement. 

Applicants will receive; 

  • Structured training on the WCW Online Ignite courses
  • Dedicated support through customized coaching, mentoring and technical advice
  • Support to develop your toolbox of resources for growth
  • Access to a vibrant and supportive Business Community
  • Invitation to regular entrepreneurship networking events and round tables to build social capital
  • Access to a pool of rated service providers to support growth, access to markets and finance.

Click here to register for the information session

Click here to apply. 

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Eligibility Criteria 

  • Be operating a business in at least one of the following countries: Kenya, Malawi, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia at the date of application;
  • Be a young woman entrepreneur (between the age of 18 and 35years)
  • Have an annual business turnover of between $5,000 to $500,000
  • Have business experience of 2 years of operating any form of business
  • Must have an operational business or a product/service that has been tested in the market with the potential for growth and impact.
  • Business should be in operation (does not need to be registered)
  • Must have completed secondary school education
  • Operating in the following sectors:
    • Agriculture
    • Tourism
    • Manufacturing and Value addition,
    • Transport and Infrastructure,
    • Information & Communications Technology (ICT),
    • Building & Construction, Trade and services
Closing date
Agriculture, forestry and fishing
​Transportation and storage
Accommodation and food service activities
​Information and communication