Cath Harris runs One World Women, a social enterprise connecting experienced business women with ambitious female entrepreneurs from developing countries.
Cath experienced burnout after growing her first business which she sold in 2016. On a holiday to the Gambia she met Ida Cham, an ' extraordinary woman' who runs her own cooking school and makes micro-loans to help women run their own businesses. That conversation and the gaps in support Ida outlined to Cath, became the spark for One World Women.
Its programmes take place in-country and online, catalysing real impact for all and unlocking entrepreneurship. What changes for participants as a result? Cath explains.
Entrepreneurs have differing resources available to manage their businesses in different places and it's important for mentors to understand this context; Cath gives examples. The programmes have needed to adapt this year and Cath explains how. And she describes who becomes mentors and why.
What Cath originally thought would be a simple idea when she launched One World Women has become much bigger. She covers its ambitious plans to scale for the long-term and how its programmes will create opportunities for women the world over to flourish and help their communities grow.