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10,000 Women is a global initiative that fosters economic growth by providing women entrepreneurs around the world with a business and management education, mentoring and networking, and access to capital. To date, the initiative has reached over 10,000 women from across 43 countries through a network of 90 academic and non-profit partners. 

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Meet the Women

  • Anagha

    Packaging

    Hyderabad, India

    'After attending the 10,000 Women program, I revisited my strategy and widened my customer base which resulted in a 20% growth in revenue.'

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  • Andeisha

    Child Care

    Kabul, Afghanistan

    'Not only did I learn important management and leadership skills, but I also learned the importance of finance and marketing to the business.'

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  • Ayodeji

    Catering

    Lagos, Nigeria

    'When you satisfy your clients, they actually become the arrow head of your sales force - incredible!'

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  • Cao

    Childcare

    Beijing, China

    'The greatest joy is to realize my value.'

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  • Carla

    Manufacturing

    São Paulo, Brazil

    'The real impact occurred when I finished writing this plan and could finally see the growth potential of my business. '

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  • Christine

    Beauty School

    Monrovia, Liberia

    'As a result of the business and management education I received, I made many improvements to my business, my life and the lives of others.'

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  • Christine

    Restaurant Management

    Monrovia, Liberia

    'I am so grateful for this training - human resource management, calculating my revenues, business culture, writing a simple business plan — I am so grateful for that.'

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  • Christine

    Winemaking

    Kigali, Rwanda

    '10,000 Women has taught me concepts I had never considered before.'

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  • Detoun

    Human Resources

    Lagos, Nigeria

    'Investing in others has far reaching rewards. I believe we can transform our nation.'

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  • Dipali

    Exports

    Hyderabad, India

    'The program has helped me to uncover bottlenecks in my business and also to revisit my business strategy.'

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  • Divya

    Printing

    Hyderabad, India

    'Every woman has the power to change the social, economic, cultural, and political scenario, if only she has faith in herself.'

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  • Esnart

    Education

    Samfya, Zambia

    'If we can enroll vulnerable children in school early, it will help prepare them to make something of their lives in the future.'

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  • Evania

    Gardening Tools

    São Paulo, Brazil

    'I went in there a woman with initiative, but I came out a businesswoman.'

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  • Fresky

    Commercial Transportation

    Nairobi, Kenya

    '10,000 Women made me realize that I am an infant in business, that there was much more I could do to utilize my full potential.'

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  • Gircilene

    Corporate Catering

    Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    'Today I stand on the shoulders of my courageous mother, and hope my daughter and others will stand on mine.'

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  • Ibironke

    Technology

    Lagos, Nigeria

    'Never work too hard as the reward for hard work is more work…….WORK SMART!'

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  • Immaculee

    Brick Manufacturing

    Kigali, Rwanda

    'I credit 10,000 Women for helping make my business more successful.'

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  • Joy

    Herbs

    Manila, Philippines

    'Because of my 10,000 Women experience, DS Pinoy is well on its way to being known as a popular brand.'

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  • Juan

    Household Goods

    Hangzhou, China

    'The 10,000 Women program gave me the confidence and capability to achieve what I have today. I was able to take action, produce high quality products, develop my own brands and contribute my part to build a better society.'

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  • Kabeh

    African Cooking Oils

    Monrovia, Liberia

    'If you train one woman like the 10,000 Women trained me, you train a nation.'

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  • Linlin

    Early Childhood Education

    Beijing, China

    '10,000 Women taught me the fundamentals of business management. It also helped me become braver and more confident.'

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  • Liu

    Custom Shoes

    Beijing, China

    'The advisors of this program could read our minds. They know about the problems every businesswoman faces and what kind of solution they need.'

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  • Madhu

    Designer

    Bangalore, India

    'Entrepreneurship is all about perseverance, about believing enough to withstand anything and everything that comes your way. If you enjoy what you do, the journey will be fun. There is no shortcut to success.'

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  • Mary

    Construction Hardware

    Nairobi, Kenya

    'Now I know, with the 10,000 Women training and continued support, the sky is no longer the limit!'

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  • Mona

    Publishing

    Cairo, Egypt

    'With perseverance and hard work one can always reach higher goals. And with success, one should never forget to contribute to the development of his society.'

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  • Nora

    Printing and Publishing

    Cairo, Egypt

    'Women have the power inside them, and they give life to everything around them.'

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  • Ojoma

    Architecture

    Lagos, Nigeria

    'Suddenly it hit me — it wasn't enough to be at the top of the game professionally, I had to have business intelligence to achieve the vision we had in mind.'

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  • Penelope

    Technology

    Samfya, Zambia

    'I am very happy with my achievements, including winning the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award in 2009.'

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  • Petronella

    Microfinance

    Samfya, Zambia

    'The experience from this program, challenges and success make me realize how important it is to have a dream and to strive towards it, especially when you are helping others.'

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  • Placidie

    Tailoring and Décor

    Kigali, Rwanda

    'It was a miracle I survived [the genocide]. It must have been a reason, a purpose.'

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  • Anastasie

    Furniture

    Kigali, Rwanda

    'Invest in yourself and your future.'

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  • Rasha

    Authentic Egyptian Art Production

    Cairo, Egypt

    'I am very passionate about the 10,000 Women program and I am forever grateful for the chance I got to learn and grow. '

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  • Reem

    Tourism

    Cairo, Egypt

    'When experience and education are combined, the highest levels of success can be reached. I am thankful I got this from 10,000 Women.'

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  • Rosana

    Steel Product Manufacturing

    Belo Horizonte, Brazil

    'I started putting together my intuition and the management techniques I've learned during classes. To me this was perfect, to join my will to grow with the knowledge acquired in 10,000 Women.'

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  • Rosani

    Manufacturing

    Sete Lagoas, Brazil

    'I feel privileged, transformed, enabled, optimistic, and I have big, but achievable, plans of growth. '

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  • Saida

    Corporate Cleaning Services

    Cairo, Egypt

    'The program is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It is perfect for women who dare to dream and pursue their dreams.'

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  • Sandhya

    Design

    Hyderabad, India

    'Since graduation, I continue to hire more contractors for my business, my revenue has increased significantly and I am entering new business partnerships.'

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  • Seema

    Interior Designer

    Delhi, India

    'Break barriers of fear to emerge victorious'

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  • Shah

    Interior Design

    Islamabad, Pakistan

    '10,000 Women gave me vision, self-confidence, creativity, self-control and courage, which has allowed me to fulfill my entrepreneurship dream.'

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  • Sharmila

    Manufacturing

    Hyderabad, India

    'The 10,000 Women program gave me the requisite skills I needed to take my business to the next level.'

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  • She

    Technology

    Beijing, China

    'I found many friends who share the same ambition, we all have a dream and we come together. We share the difficulties as well as the happiness and gains.'

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  • Shonoiki

    Animal Nutrition

    Lagos, Nigeria

    'As entrepreneurs, we like to run with our ideas before blinking but a well thought out business plan is a necessary tool that almost always guarantees success.'

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  • Shweta

    Auto components machining

    Pune, India

    'Entrepreneurship is nothing but converting your idea into an amazing balance sheet!'

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  • Varsha

    Fashion Design

    Hyderabad, India

    'I have grown my business by entering a niche market and starting a new brand, "Jus Blouses". I have also streamlined my business and developed a new strategy.'

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  • Victoria

    Design and Printing

    Nairobi, Kenya

    'I shall forever be grateful for the 10,000 Women program at USIU. '

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  • Xiaoxin

    Hand-painted Canvas Shoes

    Hangzhou, China

    'With the tools I learned from 10,000 Women, I will continue to drive our company to help everyone find their own unique style and passion. '

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  • Xiaoyan

    Manufacturing

    Changshu, China

    'I was amazed by the program courses, our faculty from Tsinghua and HEC, and my classmates. Thanks to the 10,000 Women program, it was an unforgettable experience. '

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  • Yuan

    Clothing

    Tianjin, China

    'I was inspired by my fellow women entrepreneurs’ courage, strong will, excellent leadership, and ambition through this program. I am very proud to be one of 10,000 Women. '

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  • Zhang

    Fashion Design

    Beijing, China

    'I can tell my child when she grows up that her mom had tried every effort to pursue her dream.'

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News & Events

  • SEP 2014

    Best Advice to Women Entrepreneurs

  • SEP 2014

    10,000 Women Program at the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative

  • SEPT 2014

    Investing in the Power of Women – A Report on the 10,000 Women Program

  • JUN 2014

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Event to Honor the American University of Afghanistan

  • APR 2014

    Gary Cohn Discusses 10,000 Women Program in Brazil

  • MAR 2014

    Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women, IFC To Raise Up To $600 Million to Support Women Entrepreneurs

  • FEB 2014

    44th Graduating Class of 10,000 Women India Celebrated

  • 28 OCT 2013

    10,0000 Women and 10,000 Small Businesses Graduates Honored at Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit

  • 26 SEP 2013

    'Investing In Women and Girls Is An Investment In Our Future,' an article by Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls

  • SEP 2013

    10,000 Women Program at Clinton Global Initiative

  • AUG 2013

    Noeleen Heyzer and Dina Powell article in the Huffington Post: Enabling Women Entrepreneurs to Drive Global Growth

  • Apr 2013

    Asia-Pacific Regional Forum

  • MAR 2013

    10,000 Women Panel at Davos

  • DEC 2012

    Launch of Women’s Entrepreneurship Partnership in Asia-Pacific by ESCAP and Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Programme

  • Oct 2012

    Lloyd Blankfein Presented the Goldman Sachs-Fortune Global Women Leaders Award

  • SEP 2012

    Kabeh Sumbo, 10,000 Women Graduate, Participated at Clinton Global Initiative

  • MAR 2012

    U.S. Ambassador Marciel Celebrates the Success of Indonesian Women Entrepreneurs

  • MAR 2012

    FT.com: Entrepreneurs Are Taught the Lessons of Management

  • DEC 2011

    Denmark and 10,000 Women Initiative Form Strategic Partnership

  • Oct 2011

    Lloyd Blankfein Announces 10,000 Women Program Reaches 5,000

  • Jun 2011

    Goldman Sachs Wins a CECP Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award

  • Mar 2011

    The Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Initiative and United States Department of State Announce New Partnership

  • Dec 2010

    Liberian President Sirleaf at 10,000 Women Graduation

  • Oct 2010

    Goldman Sachs and Fortune Honor Two Global Women Leaders

  • Jun 2009

    Goldman Sachs Welcomes First Japanese Partner to 10,000 Women

  • Feb 2009

    Goldman Sachs Launches First Class of 10,000 Women in the Middle East

  • Jan 2009

    Goldman Sachs Announces India's First Graduates of 10,000 Women