Jammu Tawi, April 14
Thirty two women entrepreneurs graduated from the Walmart Women Entrepreneurship Development Program (WEDP), which trained these entrepreneurs in professional and soft skills to help build robust businesses.
The graduation event was attended by women entrepreneurs, retail industry experts, NGOs and government officials. WEDP was supported by Walmart and implemented by WEConnect International and Vrutti.
The program was launched in April 2016 and consisted of several training modules to help develop the pipeline of women-owned businesses for the industry.
At the graduation event, Walmart announced the project’s continuation into its second year. The details of the application process for the training program, as well as the criteria for selection will be announced in the near future.
On the occasion, Krish Iyer, President & CEO, Walmart India, said, “Walmart funded the Women Entrepreneurship Development Program in April 2016 to support WOBs achieve higher levels of business growth and help make them more resilient in today’s dynamic socio-economic environment.
Speaking about the program, Babita Gupta, Director of Nirmal Designs Pvt, Ltd. one of the program graduates, said it was a beautiful program. From life skills, social media marketing, operations, replenishment, logistics, supply chain, product marketing, financial planning and resource management, negotiation skills among others, we learnt a number of aspects of running a business and making it sustainable.”
Jenny Grieser, Senior Director, Women’s Economic Empowerment, Walmart, said, “I am delighted to see the WEDP successfully complete the pilot in India. It is a significant milestone for us as we continue to strengthen our focus on increasing diversity in the global supply chain. The success in India is a result of the efforts of several stakeholders to help build capacity and success for these women entrepreneurs.”
In September 2011, Walmart launched its Global Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEE) initiative, using its unique size and scale to improve the lives of under-served women.