Empowering Women Through the Mentorship Programme: The case of the Fisherfolk Enterprise
In many communities in Southeast Asia, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are crucial drivers of local development and growth. They can play a key role in improving the livelihoods of smallholders, especially women. However, SMEs often do not survive because of the challenges they face in accessing finance and developing logistics and management systems.
To tackle this, the Gender Transformative and Responsible Agribusiness Investments in South East Asia (GRAISEA) programme and ChangeFusion launched the Global Impactors Network (GIN) in 2015 in Thailand and Indonesia. The GIN links early-stage businesses in the agribusiness sector with volunteer business professionals, who provide advice and support to help them grow. All of the businesses employ women and their families. One such example is the women-led FisherFolk Enterprise, which has provided an alternative value chain model to the regular fishing business system, and allowed fishers to get a fair price for their catch.