A virtual partnership launch and MOU signing was held on August 6, 2021, between Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, represented by its President, Mr. Pocholo Soliven, and Layertech Labs represented by Ms. Frei Sangil. The partnership was facilitated by USAID-Strengthening Urban Resilience and Growth with Equity (USAID-SURGE) Women’s Global Development and Prospertity (WGDP) and aims to empower local Micro, Small, and Medium Entrepreneurs to join the digital economy and bounce back from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the partnership, Layertech will provide free Business Management Suite software and premium access to Layertech’s e-learning materials and courseware, to 50 select women entrepreneurs in Zamboanga city, screened and endorsed by the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce. The selection process will prioritize women-owned, and women-led businesses, with a capitalization of less than 10 million pesos. The businesses owned by or employs persons with disabilities (PWD) are also prioritized.
The use and impact of the software tools and learning materials will be monitored and studied by the parties, to inform future similar initiatives, and give insights to policy and decision makers for poverty alleviation thru local business empowerment and entry to the digital economy.
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