Australian Delegation Visits ACCESS Implementing Partner Working on Improving the Lives of Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in Cambodia

Australian Delegation Visits ACCESS Implementing Partner Working on Improving the Lives of Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities in Cambodia

Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (WEDs) face several barriers, including a physical environment that is not accessible, lack of information and communication, negative attitudes of people towards disability, and limited access to economic opportunities. The Bodhi Tree Incubator Program and Bodhi Tree Accelerator Program, delivered by Agile Development Group through the Australia-Cambodia Cooperation for Equitable Sustainable Services (ACCESS) Program, was designed to address the limited access of Women Entrepreneurs with Disabilities (WEDs) to economic opportunities. The program equipped WEDs with knowledge of business management, access to financial resources, training to boost their confidence and agency, how to create an effective social media presence and how to obtain start-up capital.

On 12 September 2022, a delegation from the Australian Embassy to Cambodia, including Ms Benita Chudleigh, First Secretary, and Mr Connor Floyd, Second Secretary of the Australian Embassy, were joined by H.E Samheng Boros, Minister Attached to Prime Minister and Secretary of State of the Ministry of Social Affairs, Veterans and Youth Rehabilitation (MoSVY), his team, and the ACCESS team visited Agile.

The visit provided an opportunity for an exchange of information in relation to  social protection and women entrepreneurship the possible linkage between the two sectors. The visit was also aimed at gaining a further understanding and contextual appreciation of progress of Agile’s Women with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program.

Through the program’s support, WEDs have increased their entrepreneurship capacities, developed peer-support networks, and have increased awareness of their economic contribution to society. They also have increased physical and digital opportunities to access funding sources for the acceleration of their businesses.

H.E Boros, appreciated the support of the Australian Government to improve the lives of WEDs through the development of their entrepreneurship skills in training provided by Agile through the ACCESS program.

Agile is one of the 13 Implementing Partners receiving support from the Australian Government through the ACCESS Program. With this support, Agile will be able to continue its support for persons with disabilities by empowering them to access economic opportunities, which will contribute to the National Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2023 (NDSP 2019-2023).