USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) project is implementing business development support (BDS) activities designed to facilitate growth and enhance productivity in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The project is focused on helping small businesses by addressing challenges to business growth, sales / exports, access to markets, product development, quality control and compliance, IT / ICT development and digitization, and skilled workforce.
SMEA will provide with support (subsidizing up to 50% of the fees) to acquire business development services from competent service providers.
For enterprises led by men, SMEA is focusing on sectors of ICT, hospitality, agri-processing, textile, light engineering and logistics.
In order to support women-owned enterprises, SMEA has adopted a sector agnostic approach. Female-owned / led businesses from all sectors are eligible for support.
Some examples of sectors where women are dominant are given below :
i) Food and related businesses (home based food businesses, restaurants, bakeries, etc.)
ii) Garments and accessories
iii) Salons / beauty parlors
iv) Education (schools, franchises, tuition centers, publishing houses, content development)
viii) Services e.g. retailing, e-commerce, etc.
ix) New technologies and business models (such as solar energy, day care centers, etc.)
The above list is not exhaustive, all businesses run by women are eligible to apply.
Opportunity areas for women-owned SMEs to acquire BD services on cost sharing basis under CE assistance include :
The Program will support all eligible applicants (women-owned SMEs selected through a competitive selection process) to enhance their business capacities and productivity.
All interested women-owned SMEs, who wish to apply for this program will be selected based on the following criteria :
Note : SMEA will support :
SMEA will support :
SMEA will not support :
payments pertaining to recurrent fees, such as : annual fees, service charge, commissions, brokerage fees, franchising fees web hosting charges, sales commissions, management fees or club memberships, etc.
No financial assistance will be directly payable to the SMEs, the project will contract services on behalf of the SME.
Monitoring and Evaluation and Reporting :
Chemonics will have the right to perform monitoring and evaluation, by itself or through its subcontractor, periodically or randomly as the situation warrants to determine the progress and impact of enhancements to the business.
In order to qualify for the assistance from Chemonics, the beneficiary SME will be required to complete a monitoring and evaluation baseline and meet monthly and / or quarterly reporting requirements.
SMEA defines a woman-owned SME as the one that is either fully owned by a woman, jointly owned by a woman and a man where the woman has at least roughly half of the ownership, or managed by a woman.