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Our Mission:

The Women Empowerment Project (WEP) is a Non-Profit Public Charity (501 C3) Organization created to nurture innovation in gender equity and inclusion through Vocational Training and Literacy Programs, Professional Training, Placement, Assistance to start own business, and targeted Technical Assistance and Advisory Services for aspiring and established Women Entrepreneurs in the United States including African-American, African Women and Diaspora communities. Our vision is to reach regions in the United States and developing countries that demonstrate a demand for women in the marketplace and fill that void with skilled, educated women who become self-sufficient and accomplished business owners who make valuable contributions by creating job opportunities in their regions or home countries.

Our Programs:

   1. The Women Entrepreneurship Support

  • •Financial Literacy Seminar Series
  • •Technical Assistance & Advisory Services
  • •The WEP Elite Program
  • •The WEP Platinum Marketing Program for Women Entrepreneurs

   2. The Vocational Training Program

  • •The Vocational Training Recruitment Tours
  • •The 30-Month Vocational Training Program
  • •The WEP Study Abroad Program
  • •English Literacy Program
  • •Job Placement & Assistance to start own business

   3. The SANATA Int’l Women Convention

  • •Entrepreneurship, Braiding & Natural Hair Care Seminars
  • •Fundraising Gala
  • •Hair & Fashion Shows

   4. General Cultural Exchange Program: The West Africa Study Abroad Program: WASAP

Our Goal & Vision:

Our vision is to reach regions in the United States and developing countries that demonstrate a demand for women in the marketplace and fill that void with skilled, educated women who become accomplished business owners who make valuable contributions by creating jobs opportunities in their regions or home countries. Each Chapter created through this project will embrace the needs of the women by providing support and assistance in whatever capacity needed. Through donor support and Corporate Sponsoring and contributions, we are able to provide targeted technical assistance and advisory services to Women Entrepreneurs along with necessary housing, pay tuition for the vocational training component, offer specialized training and other tools the women will need for success. Each woman who completes our program represents hope, change and a better future for generations to come. The WEP identifies and eradicates barriers for Women Entrepreneurs by creating best practices and guidelines and then implements them through hands-on services. It also organizes the Annual SANATA Int’l Women Convention where 500+ women entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs come together to discuss the broader role of women development activities during the first weekend of November every year.

WEP CHAPTERS:

The WEP has currently three chapters located in the United States (headquartered in Burtonsville, Maryland with educational programs partners and offices in Alexandria, VA and Philadelphia, PA), the U.S. Virgin Islands, Caribbean & Hawaii, and West Africa (currently covering Benin, Senegal and Ivory Coast and to be extended to the other countries in the region) . Each chapter provides support for both the Entrepreneurship and Vocational training components and tools for success, job placement/ business assistance after graduation, and full licensing as Cosmetologists.

The United States Chapter:

    • • Women Entrepreneurship Support: Technical Assistance and Advisory Services
 
    • • Literacy Program: Basic English Literacy, Financial Literacy training together with IT and Social Media use to improve Business Performance
 
    • • Vocational Training:
        • • Nine (9)-month global program that offers cosmetology training in the U.S. for 6 months and provides students the opportunity to study and train abroad for a six weeks to 3 months
        • • 30-month Vocational Training Program that requires direct enrollment of students in U.S. Cosmetology Programs and an internship at a salon. Upon completion, participants earn the required 1,500 hours to take the full Cosmetology license exam and are assisted by the WEP with job placement and/or starting their own businesses.
 

The West African Chapter:

      • • Women Entrepreneurship Support: encourage, train and prepare African Women and Diaspora communities in the U.S. with vested business activities in Africa to be successful in Africa
 
      • • Vocational Training: Eight (8)-month program entirely delivered in West Africa that offers training in Basic English, Customer Service, Hygiene, and Sanitation followed by a Thirty (30)-month program in the U.S. where students are trained in U.S. Cosmetology Programs and assigned in Cosmetology salons as Interns. Upon completion, participants earn the required 1,500 hours to take the full Cosmetology license exam. Due to the high demand of cosmetologists in developing nations, students graduating from the West African Chapter are urged to return to their home countries where they are assisted by the WEP with job placement and/or starting their own businesses.
 

The Caribbean, U.S. Virgin Islands & Hawaii Chapter:

      • • Women Entrepreneurship Support: Technical Assistance and Advisory Services
 
      • • Vocational Training: 30-month Vocational Training Program that requires direct enrollment of students in U.S. Cosmetology Programs and an internship at a salon. Upon completion, each candidate earns the required 1,500 hours to take the full Cosmetology license exam and is assisted by the WEP with job placement and/or starting her own business.
 

DONATE THROUGH JUSTGIVE TO SUPPORT THE WOMEN EMPOWERMENT PROJECT, INC