dfcu Bank launches Women in Business Expo

Press Release
Monday, 12 August, 2013 

Over 2500 people are expected to benefit from business opportunities, skills and knowledge as dfcu Bank has today launched the first ever Women in Business Expo.

The Expo, scheduled for 30th-31st August 2013 at Garden City upper parking a platform earmarked to further promote women entrepreneurs in the country and inspire those with ambitions of venturing into personal businesses.

The Expo will also showcase various businesses from over 50 women who have directly benefited from dfcu Bank’s Women in Business projects that empower and support women entrepreneurs to get the best while starting or growing their businesses.

Some of the businesses include Small and Medium Businesses, Agribusiness and corporate.

Ms. Barbara Asiimwe Head of WiB and SME (far left), Dr. Winifred Tarinyeba Kiryabwire (center) and Dr. Gudula N. Basaza

Dr. Winifred Tarinyeba – Kiryabwire; Chairperson of the dfcu Women Business Advisory Council said the event will be an ideal strategic networking opportunity for both the women already in and those intending to get into business. 

“This Expo is intended to open new markets for the women entrepreneurs because it offers a huge networking opportunity. So we’ve implored all the exhibitors to come and show off what they have,” said Dr. TarinyebaKiryabwire.

The dfcu Head of SME; Ms. Barbara Asiimwe further revealed that in addition  to the business opportunities, there will be daily business seminars on various business trends open to both the exhibitors and the visitors to the Expo. The business tutorials will be two-fold, benefiting the women already in business and also the ones getting started soon.

The Expo was born out of the dfcu Women in Business, a product designed to enhance the women entrepreneurs through various aspects especially business trainings, exposure and easy accessibility to credit facilities.

“The product was started with the sole aim of empowering women entrepreneurs. We noted that the women would find it hard to access credit because not many had the required collateral. So dfcu Bank decided to come in and bridge this gap,” the dfcu SME head explained.

As the product grew the bank added periodic business seminars to the offerings with the view of keeping women entrepreneurs in line with the emerging global business trends while also tutoring them in the basics of business management. So the Expo is an addition to the various offerings under the Women in Business product.