Women’s Initiative for Sustainable Entrepreneurship (WISE) is a non-profit organization in Abuja that supports women in rural areas to start and grow businesses that promote sustainability.
WISE provides training, mentorship, and access to financing to women entrepreneurs in sectors such as agriculture, renewable energy, and waste management. By doing so, the organization helps women develop businesses that create jobs, reduce poverty, and protect the environment.
One of the successful entrepreneurs supported by WISE is Maryam Ibrahim, who runs a small business producing biodegradable bags made from cassava starch.
These bags are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags, a significant contributor to environmental pollution in Nigeria. Maryam’s business not only helps to reduce plastic waste but also provides employment opportunities for other women in her community.
Another example is the work of the Rural Women Development Center (RUWDEC), a grassroots organization based in Buea, Cameroon, that promotes sustainable agriculture and natural resource management.
RUWDEC provides training and support to women farmers to adopt sustainable farming practices that increase their yields, improve their incomes, and protect the environment.
Through their work, rural women in Nigeria and other African countries are demonstrating that sustainable business innovation is not only possible but also essential for building a more resilient and inclusive economy.
As the world faces the challenges of climate change and inequality, their example provides inspiration and hope for a more sustainable and equitable future.
- Published By Team Australia News