Empowering women to participate fully in economic life across all sectors is essential to build stronger economies, achieving goals for development and sustainability, and improve the quality of life for women, men, families and communities.
29% Female board representation in our strategic investments.
WDB Growth Fund
Through the WDB Growth Fund, WDBIH will invest in QSE’s and EME’s. Funding is targeted at women and youth owned businesses who require funding to assist in the operating and financial development of their businesses.
Supplier Development programme
A supplier development programme ran by Seed Engine to accelerate entrepreneurs to grow and scale their businesses.
The programme entails training, business development support, access to market, mentoring etc. This programme runs for 12 months.
WDBIH sponsors the prize money for this 90-day accelerator programme designed to fast track the development of women-owned business while taking into account the specific psych-social issues women face
Provide opportunities for young people to realise their full potential, by encouraging, supporting and guiding them to engage in pro-social, meaningful, and community-enhancing activities.
WDBIH launched its inaugural internship programme in August 2017, recruiting 10 interns with Finance/Accounting undergraduate qualifications. The internship programme was established with the objective of addressing the increasing rate of youth unemployment in the country.
WDBIH engages with various youth organisations which are involved in addressing educational, socio-economic, self-empowerment issues within their communities. These organisations require guidance, mentoring and financial support in order to pursue these projects.
Through the Thuthuka Bursary Fund, WDBIH provides scholarships to solely to African and Coloured students from disadvantaged communities, in pursuit of becoming Chartered Accountants.
WDBIH provides scholarships for OWLAG students who are furthering their studies in various universities across the country.
SPONSORSHIPS & SCHOLARSHIPS
To provide university scholarships for learners studying towards qualifications related to scarce and critical skills in the country.
DIALOGUES & EVENTS
WDBIH and the WDB Trust hold dialogues in the pursuit of addressing issues affecting women empowerment and eradication of poverty.