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Who We Are
ONOW is an Entrepreneurship development system in Myanmar that seeks to reduce poverty by providing business training, financial capabilities, coaching and digital support tools to Myanmar's young entrepreneurs, especially female migrant women. ONOW not only provides the support framework to help a business launch, but also provides the capital that participants need to succeed with their business through the ONOW Social Launch Fund. ONOW ran its first entrepreneurship training program in May 2012.
ONOW is a social enterprise, committed to delivering financially sustainable positive change in the lives of the entrepreneurs we work with. Rather than existing to create shareholder value, ONOW commits to reinvesting at least 50% of profits into creating new tools in the Development Lab, extending the reach of the Enterprise Development System, and training ONOW's young Myanmar staff to become creative professionals beyond their work with ONOW.
Coming together from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, our skilled team of professionals is the backbone of ONOW Myanmar. Their ideas help shape the direction and mission of our organization as it continues to develop. Read on to learn more about some of our incredible team members.
SDG Goal 1: No Poverty
Participants in ONOW’s incubator earn 2x more than the typical factory wage.
SDG Goal 5: Gender Equality
62% of participants in ONOW’s 2021 STARTUP incubator were women.
SDG Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
ONOW’s COVID-response helped preserve more than 24,000 jobs.
SDG Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
50% of the businesses in ONOW’s digital coaching platform are migrant-owned.
Applying a Gender Lens
ONOW believes strongly in designing approaches that are women-centric. ONOW’s strives to be part of building a gender-friendly ecosystem in Myanmar and in all places we work. In 2020, ONOW was chosen as a partner participant in the Gender Equality Myanmar program supported by Sasakawa Peace Foundation. (Read the Press Release here) ONOW was a featured case study in SPF’s report “The Role of Entrepreneurship in Closing Gender Gaps in Myanmar”.
ONOW was a pilot organization for, and continues to use, the Gender Lens Incubation and Acceleration Toolkit, a practical resource to help intermediaries become more gender-responsive.
Who We've Worked With
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