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UPG Biashara is an initiative that supports entrepreneurs in their journey to turn ideas into businesses. This includes growing and strengthening existing enterprises.

Biashara is a Kiswahili word for “business” and it emphasizes the fact that with this initiative UPG is supporting entrepreneurs and all those looking to create impact through business.

The program’s objectives for 2022:
To certify at least 500 people who complete the training each year
To support at least 500 people who are taking entrepreneurial action each year - in different ways
To support at least 100 entrepreneurs running businesses each year
To provide financial support to entrepreneurs ranging from USD 5,000 to USD 20,000
The Diamonds Do Good® Entrepreneurship Grant

The Diamonds Do Good® Entrepreneurship Grant is a USD 100,000 partnership between Diamonds Do Good® and United People Global that provides financial support and business expertise to promising entrepreneurs. The grant sizes range between USD 5,000 and USD 20,000. The 2022 Diamonds Do Good® Entrepreneurship Grant will be won by entrepreneurs from diamond-producing countries in southern Africa.

Selected Dates In the #UPGBiashara Timeline

1 October 2021

Applications Open for the Class of 2022 of UPGBiashara Entrepreneurs

31 December 2021

Applications CLOSE for the Class of 2022 of UPGBiashara Entrepreneurs

23 January 2022

Applicants are notified of the Selection for the Class of 2022

1 February 2022

The #UPGBiashara Journey begins

15 March 2022

Conclusion of the #UPGBiashara Learning Journey

April 2022

Decisions begin for the winners of the 2022 Diamonds Do Good® Entrepreneurship Grant

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