The first part of the project was a big knowledge-sharing event. We had 5 women from Ethiopia and 5 from Tanzania join the Ugandan project partners in Kampala. During the three days, the Ugandan intermediary organization brought together bankers, export civil servants, university researchers, consultants and women entrepreneurs to share their knowledge with the group. We took a road trip and visited women entrepreneurs that are exporting flowers, baskets, coffee and other products, and heard from them what works and what doesn’t work. Each had a different piece of the knowledge pie, and the end result was a banquet of knowledge that we all shared.
The next part of the project was a network training: training women to recognize who is in their network, then utilizing not only their own networks but also those of their colleagues. The women learned from each other important business principles, like competitors can be people you partner with for bigger jobs. They learned they could negotiate on terms where negotiation previously seemed impossible.
The final part of the project was a trade mission. The women were invited by a business in the UK to visit and discover how intermediary organizations in the UK operate. They also met potential business partners and learned about the rules and regulations governing business in the UK that extends to imports.
All of this information, knowledge and experience has led to the intermediary organizations acquiring unique knowledge that has increased their value to their members and expanded their capacity to be successful in what they do.
The three intermediary organizations in this project continue to work together, building unique knowledge and using that for the benefit of their members. Check out the project blog, find partners for international trade projects and see some brief videos relating to this project.