Phnom Penh (FN), Jan. 30 – iDE, a global nonprofit, and SHE Investments today announced they have joined forces, combining SHE’s expertise in training and coaching women entrepreneurs with iDE’s extensive footprint across rural Cambodia and successful track record in inclusive market development.

As of 1 January 2024, the SHE team was integrated as a program within iDE Cambodia and will continue its important work, designing and delivering gender-focused, culturally-tailored business incubator and accelerator programs for women.

iDE Cambodia’s country director Kevin Robbins said the integration of SHE into iDE was a natural fit as the two organizations shared a mission and vision to deliver programs focused on scaling support for women entrepreneurs as multipliers of positive impact for their families and communities.

“We are delighted to welcome SHE within the iDE umbrella. SHE has a strong and well-deserved reputation for delivering high-impact incubator and accelerator programs, along with other support services for entrepreneurs, that support Cambodian businesswomen to be financially successful and prosper on their own terms,” said Robbins.

Robbins said women-led businesses played an essential role in creating jobs, raising standards of living, and boosting inclusive growth. However, women face a wide range of challenges, including access to right-fit and affordable finance, technology, and support services.

“By focusing on women entrepreneurs, iDE and SHE can empower whole communities, boosting prosperity and wellbeing. Evidence shows, for example, that women are more likely to invest their earnings in their children’s health and education.”

SHE co-founder, Celia Boyd, said she was thrilled to know SHE’s work will continue to grow and impact many more women, families and communities in partnership with iDE.

“We are endlessly proud and grateful for the many people and partners who have been a part of SHE’s journey, and the incredible women across Cambodia who we have been lucky enough to work with on their own business journeys,” said Boyd.

“The past decade has led to an impactful methodology that truly puts women entrepreneurs at the center of all we do, and we cannot think of a better partner to scale this impact further than iDE.”

Under the new arrangement, SHE has transitioned to be based in iDE's Phnom Penh and Siem Reap offices, and SHE’s current branding will change to include the tagline "powered by iDE".