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Roula and fellow entrepreneurs.
Roula and fellow entrepreneurs.

A great deal in part due to your contribution, TYO-Lebanon has been able to assist women entrepreneurs in the Bekaa area of Lebanon to enhance their business skills and knowledge through training programs, one-on-one coaching and incubation. We are happy to share with you the feedback from an interview with one of our one-on-one coaching beneficiaries, Roula. Roula's business is based in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley and is called "Go Green Go". Her concept involves the creation and use of environmentally friendly logs, to replace traditional wood logs as a form of cost-effective and eco-friendly heating. 


1. How have you and your business benefitted from the support of TYO?

"My benefit from the project has been great. It has made me more aware of the potential success of my business and how best to position and market myself locally as a start and gain a more strategic vision for growth outside of Lebanon. The brainstorming sessions and business preparation course have been very helpful in increasing my knowledge of accounting management, the importance of human resources, how to source my materials most effectively and most importantly, the marketing of my business!"

2. How has working with TYO helped you to overcome the challenges that you face in growing your business?

"One of the main challenges that I have faced has been to source my materials. TYO helped me to identify local recyclable materials that I can use for the creation of my environmentally friendly logs, by the use of materials discarded by local craftsmen. TYO has also helped to connect me to potential partners who have similar experience in the creation of environmentally friendly products."

Roula is one of many women entrepreneurs benefiting from the TYO training and coaching programs in Lebanon and again, thanks for your support!

Roula receives business training support.
Roula receives business training support.
Entrepreneurs smile during psychosocial training
Entrepreneurs smile during psychosocial training

 For over three years, TYO has been active in the field of female entrepreneurship in- but thanks to friends like you, the past three months have been especially abuzz with women’s economic empowerment. From intensive business skills trainings with our most recent cohort of entrepreneurs to both TYO- Lebanon and TYO- Palestine partnering in Global Entrepreneurship Week, your support has enabled TYO to significantly empower potential businesswomen this season.

Here’s a few highlights from the last three months:

  • Individual Coaching: In August, we held a holistic seven-day training for 36 female entrepreneurs from the northern region of Palestine, which equipped women with necessary skills required to launch their startup businesses, and featured psychosocial workshops to build women’s confidence and communication abilities. After this initial training, 22 women were selected to move forward for individual coaching, where they’ve met with business development experts for one-on-one sessions to refine their business plans and learn about access to finance. 
  • Global Entrepreneurship Week: Both TYO-Lebanon and TYO-Palestine particpated in Global Entrepreneurship Week, which is an international celebration of the innovators and creators that launch startups that drive economic growth, bring ideas to life, and expand human welfare. TYO-Lebanon representatives attended events around Lebanon, including: The Cisco Entrepreneur Institute's 'Starting a Business in Lebanon'. This open session focused on online communication and e-commerce as part of its ongoing "Starting a Business" workshop series. This November marked Palestine’s first year of participation in Global Entrepreneurship Week,  TYO-Palestine participated by offering a unique, holistic psychosocial training for 22 female entrepreneurs- providing women with a platform to discuss major challenges to their personal and professional growth, such as family resistance or fear of failure.
  • Trainings and Travels: Since September, we’ve also brought a host of speakers and trainers to visit our entrepreneurs here at TYO- including Ms. Samira Cook, a leading small business development expert from the United States, as well as representatives from Bank of Palestine to discuss financial management and opening a bank account for the first time. Several TYO entrepreneurs have also traveled outside Palestine- to the United States, Sweden, and Qatar-in the last few months, taking part in high-level trainings and mentoring programs with the U.S. Department of State, Vital Voices, and She Entrepreneurs

Stay tuned in the coming months to see how your support will continue to help entrepreneurs both start- and sustain- their businesses!

Ms. Samira Cook discusses becoming a businesswoman
Ms. Samira Cook discusses becoming a businesswoman
With many thanks to your contribution, TYO-Lebanon conducted the “Entrepreneurs as Leaders” training program to women entrepreneurs in Lebanon. TYO welcomed 25 women to the training, held at the Chamber of Commerce in Zahle, Bekaa Valley in July of this year! The women entrepreneurs in attendance had a variety of different business ideas, ranging from traditional food production, wedding planning, household good production and a pharmacy owner!
The entrepreneurs participated in active and dynamic working sessions that focused on increasing their learning in topics such as:
  • How to Communicate your Brand
  • Negotiating for Success
  • Hiring the Right Talent
  • Confronting Performance Issues
  • Coaching and Mentoring
The TYO-L training was a customized training program for Lebanon women entrepreneurs and we were delighted to conduct the trainings. Again, we extend thanks to you for your support!

Thanks to your contribution, TYO-Lebanon's women entrepreneurs have participated in a variety of Expos around Lebanon. TYO beneficiaries, each in a branded stand, were afforded the opportunity to network and sell their goods/services to large audiences where they might not have otherwise had the chance to benefit. Their participation also allowed the women a real world chance to put their TYO business training into hands-on practice, further increasing the impact and sustainability. 

Two of the main expos included:

Made in Lebanon: Held at Beirut's main center for expos and fairs, BIEL, in March 2013, this expo housed a variety of different fashions, accessories, decorations, and handicrafts. The perfect venue for our women entrepreneurs and their goods!

Chamber of Commerce and Industry/Agriculture: Held at the North Lebanon, Business Incubation Association of Tripoli, January 2013, this was a 3- day exhibition that focused on local agriculture based products, where many of our beneficiaries were able to sell goods to an average profit of 300USD/day.

Again, TYO-Lebanon thanks you for your support on behalf of our women entrepreneurs!

Happy New Year from the TYO teams in DC and Lebanon!

Despite the challenges facing Lebanon in conjunction with the conflict in Syria, our female business leaders remain a hard-working dedicated group, determined to overcome the obstacles that may stand in the way of their success. The women have most recently completed the Corporate Identities/Branding of their businesses, and are ready to go to print! This means that the women will now be equipped with products that can be sold anywhere in Lebanon, or abroad!

Here is an inside look at 3 of our top 10 women’s businesses and products:

Ms. Sahar Abo Doleh has been working hard on establishing her honey as a premium product, to be sold all across Lebanon. She worked with our volunteer graphic design team to develop her concept: “Pure Mountain Honey,” and the WEL team has secured market opportunities for her product, once she is ready.


 

Ms. Hwayda Charaf Eddine has a real artistry with her accessories and the name of her business says it all: “Hwayda’s Accessories.” Her branding is as lovely and as feminine as her accessories!

 

Finally, Ms. Asma Amyouni has managed to create a secret special blend of herbs in her preserved olives that have created a niche for her product. Her “Wadina Herby Olives” will take the market by storm!

In addition to their branding, 6 of our women recently participated in an Exposition, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli (CCIAT), which provided them with additional networking opportunities, as well as the chance to sell their products.

Congratulations to all the WEL women in this big step towards creating a brand for their products, which will serve to help them in both accessing markets, and networks for sale!

With the start of the new year, we look forward to continue to network with our business women in Northern Lebanon and are thrilled to report that TYO Lebanon will launch a new round of traning, coaching, and incubation for women in the Bekaa Valley! Please stay tuned to our blog and Facebook page for updates on the program's pogress.

We sincerely thank you for your continued support and wish you a happy and healthy 2013!

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Project Leader

Humaira Wakili

Center Director
McLean, VA United States

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