women entrepreneurship education

Women being taught entrepreneurship lessons.

WIN@ College is an initiative by TECH Outreach Malaysia to train and develop their WINs (Women In Need) to acquire entrepreneurship skills and knowledge for business growth and sustainability. The women receiving funds under TECH’s Savings & Credit Scheme are both coached and “educated” on entrepreneurship skills. TECH Outreach believes that disadvantaged women, if groomed and developed, can operate as a successful woman entrepreneur. The women may not have had the opportunity to go to school or college to acquire these skills, hence TECH has taken on the role to “teach these women how to fish, and not just give them the fish.” WIN@College is headed byRosalind Chong.

WIN@College has recently organized a Knowledge Transfer Programme titled, Entrepreneurship Management for the Poorest of the Poor. It is a 10-day programme that runs from 6 December 2013 till 9 February 2014. WIN@College has collaborated with University Sultan Zainal Abidin, Terengganu to conduct the sessions. The participants are WIN members from Klang, Selangor. The topics that these entrepreneurs will be exposed to are:

  • How to achieve financial freedom
  • How to increase profitability
  • How to increase sales
  • How to increase customer satisfaction
  • How to increase employee satisfaction
  • How to boost business innovation
  • How to develop and business plan
  • Personal finance

The facilitators of the programme are:

1. Associate Professor Dr. Wan Norhayate Wan Daud

2. Dr. Fakhrul Anwar Zainol

3. Maslina Mansor

4. Moor Fadzlina Mohd Fadhil

5. Mariana Jusop

UNISZA and TECH Outreach have had a mutually beneficial educational relationship for some time. This programme is being conducted as UNISZA’s CSR programme via a grant from the University. The grant was the brainchild of Dr. Fakhrul Anwar Zainol.

The women in Klang belong to the poorest of the poor or POP category, whereby each woman earns a family income of less than RM1000.00 (USD300) per month. They are single mothers, abused women, abandoned women and women with incapacitated husbands. These women have not received aid from any other NGO or government agency and have not been given the opportunity to be empowered in any way. They are all women headed households with children of school going age.

Through this entrepreneurship education, WIN@College is confident that these women will be successful in running their own businesses. Moreover, these women will also be coached by members of TECH Outreach.

Watch this video for images of the kick-off of the programme…