To foster women’s entrepreneurial potential is an excellent way for communities to prosper. Yet, women still constitute a fraction of the global labor force. Our efforts focus on offering women access to business skills training courses, financial services and connections with peers and mentors. As a sign of our commitment to this cause, we have been a signatory to the Women’s Empowerment Principles (WEP) since March 2015.
My Sister Program
My Sister Project, which has made a considerable difference in the lives of participants, is a part of the global 5By20 initiative launched by The Coca-Cola Company with the goal to economically empower 5 million women entrepreneurs by 2020. This project, in Turkey, where women labor force participation is in a decline, offers women the platforms where they can improve their business skills and gain competence via training and consultancy programs. TCCC cooperates with Habitat Association and the Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey. As of end of 2018, 5by20 has reached to 3.2 million women and My Sister Project has trained over 10,000 women from a variety of backgrounds; including housewives, engineers, entrepreneurs and university students as well as 500 refugees in Turkey.
The Coca-Cola Belestery Program
Launched in 2013, The Coca-Cola Belestery Program in Kazakhstan partners with the Coalition for Green Economy and Development of G-global, and the Social Dynamics Public Fund and aims to develop entrepreneurship among women in Kazakhstan. The program provides business skills training and technical support to women in Almaty and Astana on how to start and effectively run a business specifically using green technologies.
Women living in different regions of Kazakhstan were trained on management and they presented their business ideas on cultivation of agricultural and bakery products and furniture manufacturing. In 2018, 2,000 women were trained within the program., 10 of which were granted.
UNDP Women’s Empowerment Program
CCI Azerbaijan has partnered with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Azerbaijan since 2014 to sponsor the economic and social empowerment of young women. The project aims to create opportunities for women and youth to participate in economic and social life.
The program offers trainings like business development, effective communication and presentation skills as well as awareness raising activities to help reduce gender stereotyping. The program also provides support to disabled women who are ambitious to start their own businesses. As part of the program, Women’s Resource Centers have been established in Neftchala and Salyan. With the training of 600 additional women in 2018, a total of 1,300 women have been trained since 2017.
Successful Woman Successful Future
Successful woman successful future program aims at women empowerment in Azerbaijan and increasing their active participation in a professional career. This program was mainly implemented in the touristic regions of Azerbaijan with the aim to enhance women’s involvement in country’s tourism industry. The program is conducted jointly with Coca-Cola and ASAN Volunteers Organization. Total of number of women trained in 2018 was 312.
The Zarya Project
CCI Pakistan initiated the project Zarya with the objective of empowering women in the workplace and society. As the first phase of Zarya, the Zeenat Gari project was launched to provide microfinance opportunities to disadvantaged women in Pakistan.
CCI Pakistan initiated the third phase of the project in 2017, called Tabeer Stores. Tabeer Stores provide microfinance to disadvantaged women to set up and run small grocery stores. A total of 13 stores have been set up as part of the project.