WIE provides grants to local companies, NGOs, or organizations that offer specialized services that will directly benefit women -owned businesses or WIE program beneficiaries. Interested potential grantees may submit a detailed concept note to the WIE program which will undergo a detailed assessment and vetting process to determine eligibility for a grant.
AMA Access to Finance Matchmaking Roundtables: The aim of these matchmaking events is to help WIE target businesses learn about different micro and small business loan products that are available in the market, and to develop relationships with microfinance institutions (MFIs) that supply these loan products. Simultaneously, the MFIs learn about the SME market and their needs. AMA works with WIE to organize series of matchmaking events that brings together SME business and MFIs and facilitates discussion and networking and then follows up and assists companies in registering their interest and applying for a loan. AMA and the PSD team continue to mentorthe company throughout the loan disbursement process.
AMA Micro Finance Institutions Training Program: An important step toward improving access to finance for women-owned businesses and self-employed women is increasing the number of women in mid and senior level positions in banking and microfinance, including commercial lending. The MFI Training Program equips women with the technical and managerial skills needed to secure jobs in banking and microfinance by increasing enrollment of women in training programs the MFIs already give to new employees. Increasing the number of women in the finance sector, particularly in decision-making and lending roles, will make it easier for women to obtain financial services. For more information visit hyperlink here.
This grantee is providing 60 female nurses from Mazar-i-Sharif with advanced nursing skills training and instruction over ten weeks, after which the nurses will take an exam. Those who pass will begin a three-month clinical internship. The program furhter works to enhance the overall quality of health services in the Afghanistan.
Founder Institute (FI)
This grant provides startup business incubation support to startup concepts. Held for 14 weeks, a semester focuses on all aspects of building a company, including: developing the vision and idea, customer acquisition, building a revenue model, branding and marketing, legal support, product development, sales, and funding. By the end of the program, 20 startups from two different semesters will launch their new companies.
The Women in Commercial Banking runs for a period of 13 months. The purpose of this activity is to increase the number of women in commercial banks first in Kabul and then the other four regions of WIE operations. One hundred and fifty female beneficiaries will study over a six month period after which they will be placed in commercial banks for a three-month internship.
Roya Film House
This grant provides nine months - worth of training in Kabul for 120 young women in media related skills that include video editing, videography, graphic design, and photography (photojournalism)
Maltya Certified Tax Accountant Training
The grantee offers certified tax accountant training for 100 women in Kabul in two groups of 50 individuals each. At the end of the course, participants will take the Ministry of Finance (MoF) Tax Certification Examination in order to be qualified as tax accountants.
This grant delivers pharmacy assistance training for 60 women in Mazar-i-Sharif to further equip them with advanced skills helping them to uplift their employment and career. Beneficiaries of the training program will be required to pass an internationally recognized certification course which will allow them to qualify for a new or better job. The grantee provides job matching and placement services targeting 75 percent of the program participants to receive a new or better job.
Global Innovation Consultancy Services (GLICS)
The grant entitled “Training of Nursing, Radiology, and Health Care Center” has two main specific objectives: 1) To operationalize the Wyagal Radiology Center (WRC) in Kabul, through recruitment of female staff and provision of training courses for at least 95 female radiology doctors and technicians, clinical nurses, and administrative staff over nine months; and 2) To provide needed imaging services to those seeking radiology services.
Reconstruction & Social Service for Afghanistan Organization (RSSAO)
This grant entitled “Teacher Training Participatory Teaching Methodology” provides teacher training in Herat, Kandahar and Kabul, and will introduce participatory teaching methodologies designed to better engage students. 180 beneficiaries will undergo the four-month training course in the three cities, after which they will be placed in jobs within primary private schools.