Bank Asia supports Coca-Cola's women empowerment project
Coca-Cola Bangladesh along with United purpose, started the project women business centers (WBC) to assist rural women and enable them to a variety of services which supports and develops their income generating capacities. Bank Asia from now on will support this project by training these women entrepreneurs to become the Banking agents of Bank Asia.
Coca-Cola recently invited a total 25 of their successful women entrepreneur at its Bhaluka plant in Mymensingh who were working with the WBC project since the begging of the project. They were invited to participate in an agent banking training conducted by Bank Asia.
The objectives of this training is to develop the knowledge of women entrepreneurs about the agent banking system, with a view to establish agent banking facilities at 10 women business centers (WBC) for providing financial services to 10000 women producers of the women business centers for buying and selling products. Bank Asia Limited has launched an agent banking scheme to increase access to financial services to the remote and rural producers and owners of micro, small and medium enterprises.
WBC first started its journey with 10 business centers in January 2015 in Jamalpur, Khulna and Bagerhat Districts of the Northwest and Southwest of Bangladesh. By now, 40 centers have been established, with 40000 trained Entrepreneurs that benefitted the lives of rural community in many different ways. The services that the Women Business Center provides include knowledge such as technical knowledge of agricultural production, selling inputs, marketing products, mobile flexi load, photocopy, scanning and nutrition services.
Present at the training to motivate the trainees were Tapas Kumar Mondol, Managing Director, International Beverage Private Limited (IBPL); Humaira Azam, Deputy Managing Director (DMD), Bank Asia; and Kate Hartley, Acting Country Director, United Purpose along with other high officials on behalf of their respective organizations.