San Pedro Sula, Honduras, June 14, 2012—IFC,
a member of the World Bank Group, in partnership with CRECERH, EduSystems,
and UNITEC, is expanding its Business Edge training program in Honduras.
The program aims to improve competencies of small and medium-business entrepreneurs
to help increase their global competitiveness.
IFC is expanding the Business Edge program
by increasing its pool of certified trainers and adding new training modules,
such as financial literacy and marketing services. IFC has also developed
specialized modules on tourism in response to growing calls for training
in this area. These enhancements will help meet increased demand for the
program, which has already reached more than 1,200 participants across
“Small and medium businesses hold strong
potential for Honduras’ growth and serve as priority drivers for job creation
and economic development,” said Micheline Ntiru, IFC Manager for Sustainable
Business Advisory in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Through the Business
Edge program, IFC is helping realize this potential by strengthening the
local skills base of trainers, and ultimately of SMEs.”
Business-Edge trainers are put through a
rigorous certification process to deliver managerial trainings for small
and medium enterprises, an underserved segment in Honduras. By doubling
the number of trainers to 30, IFC is strengthening the program’s capacity
to expand business opportunities for small business and reduce poverty.
IFC Business Edge offers high-quality training
tools from the global market tailored to meet local needs, helping businesses
improve their efficiency and profitability. Since the program launched
in Honduras in 2010, IFC’s local partners have successfully trained more
than 1,200 business professionals—49 percent of whom were women—in marketing,
finance and accountability, human resources, operations and management,
and personal-productivity skills.
For more information about Business Edge
in Honduras, please visit www.lapiezaclave.com.
IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, is
the largest global development institution focused on the private sector
in developing countries. IFC creates opportunity for people to escape poverty
and improve their lives by providing financing to help businesses employ
more people and supply essential services, by mobilizing capital from others,
and through the delivery of advisory services to ensure sustainable development.
In a time of global economic uncertainty, IFC’s new investments climbed
to a record $19 billion in fiscal 2011. For more information, visit www.ifc.org.