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Twelve women entrepreneurs benefit from EBRD's "Women in Business" mentoring programme.

02/05/2019 19:10, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) -- Twelve women entrepreneurs working in the fields of tourism, ICT, transport, services... received certificates of participation in the "Women in Business" mentoring programme, launched by the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), in partnership with Mowgli Mentoring, over a 12-month period.

This programme served as a catalyst to facilitate the networking of participants and thus create a platform for the development of women's entrepreneurship.

National Director of SME Support Programme of EBRD, Anis El Fahem, specified in a statement to TAP that the objective of this mentoring programme is to support women entrepreneurs, to strengthen their self-confidence as well as their professional skills.

"The aim being to help these women to find a balance between their professional and personal lives, to enable them to develop in all their activities," he noted, announcing that a second session of this programme will be launched very soon, benefiting a larger number of women entrepreneurs (between 24 and 36 women).

Mouna Gadouna, a business leader in the field of packaging and plastics, said that this programme goes beyond simple technical assistance, since it consists of support based on a human relationship. "Personally, I needed human support, reframing and focusing on my goals and priorities, and valuing my achievements, and that was the role of mentor."

Her mentor, Tania Jebali, Executive Director of a travel agency, pointed out that the programme aims to enable women entrepreneurs to acquire skills, increase their abilities and increase their chances of success in achieving their personal and professional goals.

"It's a human relationship above all. A kind of friendship develops between the mentor and the mentee during the year. My role was to assist Mouna to put ideas back in place in all areas (professional and personal), and also to show her what has been accomplished throughout the 12 months of mentoring," said Jebali.

She added that even the mentor also learns a lot from her entrepreneur, as she discovers totally different sectors.

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Date:May 2, 2019
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