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Road to Growth Nigeria –
blended learning course

Road to Growth is a collaborative venture developed in partnership between the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and the ExxonMobil Foundation, designed to build the business skills and financial literacy of women entrepreneurs.

About the Road to Growth blended learning course

In 2021 the online course will be available to 250 women in Nigeria who have completed the learning course on the HerVenture mobile learning app. More information is available about the Her Venture app here and about the Road to Women’s Business Growth project here.
The online training course uses a custom-built ‘Road to Growth’ curriculum, which is structured around seven key themes:
  • CONNECTIONDeveloping a vision for your business and identifying steps to achieve it.
  • CONTEXT: Knowing your market, understanding business positioning.
  • COMMUNICATION: Using digital marketing and e-commerce for business.
  • CAPACITY: Analysing financial statements and improving profitability.
  • CAPITAL: Developing a financing strategy that supports the growth plan for your business.
  • CHARACTER: Managing financial relationships, knowing your rights and responsibilities.
  • CONFIDENCE: Building the confidence to apply for financing.

Road to Growth’s unique curriculum


Is tailored to meet the business development and financial literacy needs of women owners of small businesses.

Equips women entrepreneurs with knowledge and skills to access capital and provides connections to financial institutions and peer entrepreneurs.

Offers a step-by-step “learning journey” towards increased confidence and capacities to succeed in business.


“I had an amazing learning experience, particularly learning to put together financial statements for my business, making a sales forecast and the cash flow projection.”


“This training has been really valuable to my business.
I have attended a lot of capacity-building training but this was different and genuinely amazing. I have never felt so motivated before. Thank you so much.”


This program has set me on my way to achieving my growth plan. I am more confident and knowledgeable about financial literacy and investment readiness.


“It has empowered me to dare to fly, fly high and achieve my goals. Networking with different women gives the soothing feeling of me not being alone with my challenges. I'm more confident to ignore the screams and pursue
my dreams.”

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Documented impact

Road to Growth was successfully piloted with 500 women business owners in Nigeria in 2015-16. It subsequently reached nearly 700 women entrepreneurs in Mexico in 2018 and 2019, and a further 800 women entrepreneurs in Nigeria in 2019.

Project sponsors and partners

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women provides women in developing and emerging economies with the skills, technology, networks and access to financial services that they need to become successful small and growing business owners, so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies, resulting in a brighter future for the women themselves and their communities as a whole. To learn more, visit

ExxonMobil Foundation

Since 2005, the ExxonMobil Foundation has helped women in developing countries fulfil their economic potential and drive economic and social change in their communities.

Enterprise Development Centre

The Enterprise Development Centre of Pan-Atlantic University has the mission of providing holistic business development and support services to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Nigeria.

EDC provides capacity building programmes and a variety of wrap-around services such as advisory services, mentoring, experts-in-residence, network meetings, access to market & information, implementation of organisational plans and more. To learn more, visit:

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