WorldChicago hosted the U.S. Department of State’s African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) in July 2015. Launched in July 2010, AWEP assists women entrepreneurs across sub-Saharan Africa who are transforming their societies through economic development and social advocacy in their communities. The 30 delegates represented industries such as agriculture, cosmetics, fashion, interior design, and textiles.
The 16 agricultural business owners — which included producers of ethical coffees, banana wine, organic honey, and dried foods to fight malnutrition — visited the South Loop Whole Foods market to learn about sustainable business models and practices. After breakfast and a tour of the store, the delegates had a Q&A session with Whole Foods staff.
“These women were truly inspiring, and touched the hearts of everyone who participated,” said Eric Hominick, Marketing & Community Relations Specialist for Whole Foods.
Thanks to the entire South Loop Whole Foods team for such a warm and memorable welcome!
— Maria Krasinski, WorldChicago