German development body announces the launch of a network of women entrepreneurs in Manipur, Nagaland

German development agency – Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) project, Her&Now, has announced the launch of one-of-a-kind female entrepreneur networks in Manipur and Nagaland.

Since 2018, this initiative has been working to create a more favorable environment for women-led businesses in India.

Her&Now, an initiative launched in collaboration with Dhriiti – The Courage Within, works with over 800 female entrepreneurs in India’s Tier II and Tier III cities.

In Nagaland, GIZ Her&Now, Dhriiti and other state government entities such as the Investment and Development Authority of Nagaland (IDAN) and Startup Nagaland have come together to form the Women Entrepreneur Network Nagaland (WENN).

According to a press release, “Over the past four years, GIZ Her&Now assistance programs have highlighted the need for all stakeholders to come together and boost female entrepreneurship in their region. Women Entrepreneur Networks seeks to address the need for an entrepreneurship ecosystem in North East India that can help women thrive; an ecosystem that brings together business knowledge and skills, access to credit and market connections, market trust, capabilities, infrastructure, mentorship, and more, all in one platform.

Speaking about the Manipur Network, Founder of Dweller Teas and founding member of the network – Elizabeth Yambem affirmed “we want to create a tight-knit community and a resource for all women entrepreneurs in the state. We want to use our collective voice to help change state policy so that women entrepreneurs are better supported.

“We have high hopes for women entrepreneurs in the state. We are really happy that GIZ, Dhriiti and the women-led network are already doing a lot of work, and we would like to support them and help them grow. IDAN is affiliated with the state government, so we have to build the portfolios and the methods through which the investment comes in. – informed the CEO of IDAN – Alemtemshi Jamir.

It should be noted that the mission of GIZ Her&Now is to build a structured ecosystem that can equip women entrepreneurs with important business skills, market opportunities, connect them with investors and empower them to contribute more to the society and the nation as a whole.

James R. Rhodes