The U.S. government is training 30 aspiring women entrepreneurs in Cuba as part of a three-month program that began earlier this month.
A group in Ecuador – Centro de Estudios de la Camara de Comercio de Quito CEC – will operate the project from May 4 to July 31.
The State Department gave the organization $17,137 to “coordinate and manage a pilot edition of the Academy of Women Entrepreneurs (AWE) in Cuba,” records show.
The program’s goal is:
To provide assistance awards by U.S. diplomatic missions abroad made directly to eligible organizations in the United States using funds appropriated to and authorized by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) for the purpose of supporting international exchanges that address issues of mutual interest to the United States and other countries, consistent with the program criteria established in the Department’s annual appropriation. As authorized by the Fulbright-Hays Act, ECA seeks to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange; to strengthen the ties which unite us with other nations by demonstrating the educational and cultural interests, developments, and achievements of the people of the United States and other nations, and the contributions being made toward a peaceful and more fruitful life for people throughout the world; to promote international cooperation for educational and cultural advancement; and thus to assist in the development of friendly, sympathetic, and peaceful relations between the United States and the other countries of the world.”