Tuesday, January 08, 2008


Lucie Avoaka winner of the Cartier Woman Initiative/Africa Section

Even though she didn't win..Sara Abera was 1 wonderful candidate whose business idea centered around a collection of textille Ethiopian clothing and home deco..

"Writers are like jazz musicians.If you're going to be a good writer, you have to write. "
Bakari Kitwana
I've been meaning to write about this a while back because I thought that it was really rewarding for world women especially African women.

This initiative encourages and mostly help women who have wonderful entrepeurn' ideas but not neces' the means to achieve their goals & to promote the dev' of their countries.

This past year's African winner was Lucie Avoaka whose project centers arounbd building a hospital for underprivileged patients in the region of Abobo (oui le port d'Abobo ..lol)
Aight so for young women who have great ideas please don't miss the dateline of February 15th 2008, please take your chances who knows rite?:)) you don't lose anything in trying...

It's $$20,000....not bad for a start rite..

So here are some instructions that I took from the site:

The project to be considered for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards must be:
An original for-profit business creation, wholly conceived of by the team;
A completely new concept, meaning it cannot be a buy-back, off-shoot, or a subsidiary of an existing concept;
In the initial phase: the project will not have been launched yet OR it has already started operating but is still in the first stages of development (no older than three to four years);
The main leadership position must be filled by a woman, either in the capacity of Founder, Director, General Manager, or Project leader. If the company is already registered, the main shareholder, CEO, or Chairman must be a woman.
Additional requirements:
All entrants must be aged 18 or the age of legal majority in their respective countries / states of citizenship, whichever is older, on the day of Entry Submission Deadline;
The lead entrant should have a good command of English (both verbal and written) as the language of the Awards is English.
Projects will be assessed by the Jury in accordance with fixed criteria including but not limited to:
Creativity: The degree of innovation shown by the overall business concept
Sustainability: Financial impact of the business, indicating chances of long-term success
Impact: Effect on society of the business, in terms of jobs created or its effect on the immediate or broader environment.
Overall quality and clarity of the material presented
To apply for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards, you must fill in the online application form in English.
The application form is 5 pages long. It cannot be downloaded and saved to your computer. However by creating your account (section "Identification" below), your data will be saved at the end of each page upon submission of your information. The identification means you may interrupt the completion of the form and reconnect anytime.
We recommend that you prepare the questions in order to copy and paste the answers into the form. Click here to see the
The form should be completely filled by the Founder of the business to be considered for the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards.
If some fields are not applicable to your business, write "NA" for Not Applicable.
When you have completed the form, you will be asked to review it before the final submission. Once submitted, a confirmation that your form has been successfully sent to the Cartier Women's Initiative Awards will appear automatically. If you receive an error report,
contact us directly.
Anywhoo here's the webbie:
Djaaa sometimes us as African women need 2 seize opportunities:)
Eyeee Wayeee:)

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