ACCESS! Programme for African business women in International Trade

ImageACCESS! Kenya is implemented by the Export Promotion Council through its Steering Committee members comprising representatives of relevant organizations that are offering business support services or are involved in women-specific support programmes in the country.

Under the Pilot Phase for Kenya, ACCESS! will provide a comprehensive package of trade support services to women entrepreneurs including Exporters’ training programme focusing on selected sectors in which women are traditionally involved and for which a significant export potential has been identified; A demand driven Coaching/Mentorship component to complement exporter training with expert advice and guidance to selected trainees in developing and implementing their export strategies; and, a Web portal  facilitating women entrepreneurs’ access to relevant export information tools and services, and providing an opportunity to showcase their company’s capabilities.

ACCESS! Kenya aims to enhance the competitiveness (export readiness and success) of women-owned enterprises in Kenya and to promote concrete business opportunities in regional and international markets.  The programme targets women entrepreneurs who have already attained a fair level of management competence and are actual, emerging or potential exporters.

ACCESS! Steering Committee Members

OrganisationContact Details

Primary role in ACCESS! Implementation

Export Promotion Council P. O. Box 40247 – 00100 Nairobi, Kenya.
Tel: + 254 20 222 85 34-8
Fax: + 254 20 222 85 39, 221 80 13 Cel: +254 722 205 875,+254 734 228 534 www.epckenya.org|
Access! Focal Point
Ministry of TradeP.O. Box 30430 - 00100
Tel: +254-20-315001-6
The Ministry will guide in policy issues and business support services
Federation of Women Associations (FEWA)

P O Box 5560-00200
Tel: 3877747, 3875109, 0722 518880 Fax 254(20)3875611

A Women organisation and a partner in the implementation
Federation of Women Entrepreneur Associations (FEWA- SACCO)P O Box 5560-00200 Nairobi.Tel: 3877747, 3875109, 0722 518880 Fax 254(20)3875611The SACCO facilitates women entrepreneurs to access finance which is a key determinant of the success or failure ofwomen enterprises
Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) P.O. Box 22531-00100, Nairobi, Kenya
Tel: (254) 734 776734 (OWIT Secretariat)

The Nairobi Chapter of the global OWIT network has linkages in over 45 countries and helps facilitate B2B networks that will greatly support new and growing exporters in accessing nontraditional markets.
Women Enterprise FundP.O. Box 30276-00100, NAIROBI Tel: 2713069/2727980-4 To provide gender-specific support in the implementation of the programme
Ministry of GenderP.O. Box 16936 - 00100, Nairobi The parent Ministry for women issues in Kenya
Micro Enterprise Support Programme Trust (MESPT)P.O. Box 187, 00606, Sarit Centre Nairobi KenyaTel: +254 20 3746354 / 3746764They finance micro finance institutions that finance SME’s and they finance capacity building programmes.
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