Rapid Response Recovery Programme
SHE was selected as a delivery partner of Youth Business International (YBI) for Cambodia. We worked with YBI to develop and delivered a new Digital Literacy training program for women-led MSME’s, creating a project team made up of SHE team members and tech-focused Cambodian enterprises (most of whom are women, and some of which are SHE graduates). Together, we supported 40 women directly, and thousands of women through online channels, to increase digital literacy, crisis management, financial management, and business model adaption to enable women to recover and rebuild after COVID. The program, led by YBI and funded by Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, supported underserved micro, small and medium businesses to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.
SHE supports women micro-small entrepreneurs to scale their businesses through Cambodia’s first and only gender-focused and culturally tailored business incubator and accelerator programs.
SHE provides training, mentoring, coaching, and financing opportunities for women running micro-small enterprises in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap, Battambang, and other provinces across the country. SHE partners with government and national and international agencies to provide women-led MSMEs with the tailored support to scale and thrive. YBI is a global network of expert organisations in over 50 countries supporting underserved young people to turn their ideas into successful businesses, creating jobs and strengthening communities.
Our vision is a world where youth entrepreneurship is recognised for driving sustainable economic development and all young people who want to set up a business can fulfill their potential.
We connect our members to share expertise and collaborate on solutions to common challenges. Visit www.youthbusiness.org.
Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, supports nonprofits that address humanitarian issues and apply scalable, data-driven innovation to solving the world’s biggest challenges. We accelerate their progress by connecting them with a unique blend of support that includes funding, products, and technical expertise from Google volunteers. We engage with these believers-turned-doers who make a significant impact on the communities they represent, and whose work has the potential to produce meaningful change. We want a world that works for everyone—and we believe technology and innovation can move the needle in four key areas: education, economic opportunity, inclusion and crisis response.
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Impact (so far)
In October 2020, graduates of the Phase 1 Digital Literacy Program saw the following results:
- 55% increase in women who have their business listed on Google Maps
- 54% increase in women who have their own business website
- Full employee retention between July – October (and 63 employees re-hired or hired for the first time)
- Revenue recovery (overall business revenue increased by over 200% between July – October, as entrepreneurs gradually recovered, and many began making sales online)
- Participants who said they knew how to use basic Google applications (Drive, Maps, Gmail, etc.) increased from 35% to 94% of women
- Women who use a cash-flow forecast to help them manage and plan ahead during the crisis increased from 58% to 81%
- 98% of businesses continued trading throughout the program
- 100% of graduates said that learning new digital skills helped their businesses to recover from COVID-19
- >100% of graduates said they would recommend the program to other women
The Project Team
Cambodia’s incubator and accelerator for women, delivered in Khmer language by Khmer female facilitators and with over 300 graduates to date, SHE is leading this project to create digital products and provide online and in-person training for Cambodian women across the country.
A SHE graduate business, Kokopon is a Cambodian e-commerce platform focusing on local products and sustainability.
We have been opening new possibilities to the Cambodian farmers for selling their products to people who care about health and believe in the local economy.
We want to create opportunities and bring a positive impact to people.
To reach this goal, we use the leading technologies to build an easy-to-use e-commerce portal that allows people to purchase Cambodian products with a snap of the fingers from any device.
A graduate of the recent UNDP Media Labs Incubator, designed and delivered by SHE Investments in collaboration with UNDP Cambodia, 606 is a female-founded team of video producers
A local technology company, who will be providing hardware and software support to SHE and program participants in the forms of KOOMPI notebooks and guides to KOOMPI OS.
Covid-19 Rapid Response Recovery Programme
SHE was selected as the delivery partner of Youth Business International (YBI) for Cambodia. We are working with YBI to develop and deliver a new digital literacy training program for women-led MSME’s, creating a project team made up of SHE team members and tech-focused Cambodian enterprises (most of whom are women, and some of which are SGE graduates). Together, we supported 40 women directly, and thousands of women through online channels, to increase digital literacy, crisis management, financial management, and business model adaption to enable women to recover and rebuild after covid. The program, led by YBI and funded by Google.org, Google’s philanthropic arm, supported underserved micro, small and medium businesses to respond to the Covid-19 crisis.