Visa launches 2.5m grant competition for women business owners in Kenya

Digital payments firm Visa has launched its She’s Next global advocacy program in Kenya. She’s Next is part of Visa’s efforts to support the creation of an inclusive, equitable world where women business owners can flourish. It aims to support women-owned small businesses through funding, training, and mentorship.

Women entrepreneurs from all industries and sectors can apply for a chance to receive a grant of up to KES 2.5 million. In addition to the monetary prizes, the top applicants will receive training and capacity-building sessions courtesy of Visa and its partners.

“We are excited to bring She’s Next to Kenya and provide a platform for female entrepreneurs to thrive. We believe in the power of women to drive economic growth and societal progress, and this is an opportunity to provide the resources, tools, and support women need to grow their businesses”, said Eva Ngigi-Sarwari, Visa Kenya Country Manager.

“As the capacity-building partners of She’s Next Kenya, Kayana Create is delighted to be partnering with Visa to unlock the potential of female entrepreneurs. The initiative is in line with our strategy to support and empower talented women entrepreneurs to take their businesses to the next level and create new opportunities by building  a vibrant community of women business owners with a focus on collaboration and capacity building” ” said Patricia Okelo, Co-founder, Kayana Create

Since 2020, Visa has invested over $3 million in over 250 grants and coaching for women entrepreneurs through the program globally including in the US, Canada, India, Ireland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt, and Morocco.

Applicants must submit a short application form via She’s Next Kenya | Visa website with details about their business. Applications are open until June 12th and the winners will be announced in July.

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