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On September 29 – 30, the WE have the POWER conference empowered women in the handicraft business by connecting local artisan entrepreneurs in the Republic of the Marshall Islands with U.S. fair trade buyers and association representatives to provide sector-specific business training.  The training helped local artisans scale their companies and export their products.  Participants discussed current business trends and opportunities in the Pacific, handicraft and fair trade entrepreneur success stories, and common challenges facing female entrepreneurs in the Pacific.

The U.S. Embassy in Majuro, Marshall Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce, United Nations International Organization for Migration, and the U.S. Department of State, Economic Bureau’s POWER initiative are implementing this virtual two-day conference.

Marshallese entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector share best practices to capitalize on a growing demand for traditional Marshallese handicrafts.

Marshallese entrepreneurs in the handcraft and fair-trade sector share best practices to capitalize on a growing demand for traditional Marshallese handicrafts.

Featured Remarks from Special Guests:

  Roxanne Cabral, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of the Marshall Islands

  Stacy Chong, Franklin Fellow to the U.S. State Department Economic Bureau’s Office of Commercial and Business Affairs.

  Tim Kunin, CEO, and Co-Founder of Greater Good, one of U.S. largest importers and resellers of fair-trade and cause merchandise

Lucia Guavis, Owner and Manager of Elefa Handicraft and Member of the RMI Handicraft Association and President of Jibron Ae Entrepreneurs Network

Bernadette Phillipo, Trade Officer in the Marshall Islands’ Ministry of Natural Resources and Commerce.

"The goal of POWER is to connect U.S. women entrepreneurs and business owners with women entrepreneurs overseas. We want to create relationships where women will be able to promote each other's successes - whereby training, investing or promoting their enterprises." - Assistant Secretary Singh, 2019. POWER Virtual Conference: Empowering Women in Business Handicraft - Amimono. Feature Speakers from United States and Pacific Region. September 29th and 30th, 2020. 8:30am-4:00pm. MIR Lomalo Room.

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