promoting small enterprise
Small and medium-sized businesses drive economic growth and job creation in any community. Helping to develop these businesses contributes to the overall prosperity of the communities where we work. We help entrepreneurs by supporting business development and incubator programs, funding job skills training, and providing access to credit and markets.
empowering women in latin america
Many of Chevron’s economic development projects focus on promoting equality and economic empowerment for women. We partner with local nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations to provide micro loans, financial education and job training for women. We believe that when women are empowered, whole families see the benefits, and we think those benefits have positive effects upon future generations.
Read our Empowering Women in Latin America case study.
empowering women in Brazil
Since 2011, more than 10,000 women throughout Latin America have received job training, skills development and small-business microloans through Chevron-supported women’s empowerment programs. Chevron Brazil’s partnership with the Community Inclusion Project, based in Itapemirim, Espírito Santo, Brazil, enables women to develop business skills that lead to sustainable livelihoods for themselves and their families.
empowering women in Myanmar
Implemented in long-term partnership with Pact in Myanmar, the Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment (SHINE) program empowers communities to adopt behaviors to improve their health status and increases access to livelihood opportunities. The program has reached more than 1.2 million people across 1,476villages in 13 townships. To date, SHINE has trained 10,644 community health volunteers to help ensure sustainable health improvements in communities. The Village Health Development Fund supports 800,000 people to improve access to health care and help finance village development programs. More than 14,000 women have engaged in saving and empowerment programs that can help them earn 15 percent interest on savings.
In May 2014, Chevron/UNOCAL Myanmar signed a public-private partnership agreement with the U.S. Agency for International Development and Pact Myanmar to launch the second phase of the SHINE program. The $3 million, three-year project is focused on women's economic empowerment through the establishment of Village Health and Development Funds targeted toward maternal, newborn and child health; tuberculosis; water and sanitation; and microfinance
how we’re supporting entrepreneurs
around the world
Chevron Australia partners with Many Rivers, The Business Centre Pilbara and RSM Bird Cameron on the West Pilbara Business Support Program, which takes a case management approach to supporting new businesses with microfinancing, workshops and seminars, governance, and health and safety compliance.
In Kazakhstan, we partner with Women’s Entrepreneurship, which aims to empower Kazakh women – who face high unemployment – by providing educational opportunities and supporting development of small and medium-sized enterprises. We’re also developing a $30 million initiative for young people that will include a youth center and education, wellness and vocational awareness programs.
For almost a century, Chevron has played a role in helping its neighbors in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Venezuela, and Trinidad and Tobago reach their full potential by creating economic opportunities that lead to long-term stability and prosperity.
During 2015, Chevron’s entrepreneurship programs in the region benefited nearly 4,500 people and supported more than 750 small businesses, through projects that are focused on strengthening existing businesses and cultivating promising new ones. These programs provide training on business planning, finance and marketing to build the capacities of talented youth and women who own small businesses dedicated to cooking, sewing, handcrafting, recycling and tourism, among others.
In Indonesia, Chevron’s multi-year PRISMA (Promoting Sustainable Integrated Farming, Small Enterprise Cluster, and Microfinance Access) program provides small grants, capacity building, training, technical assistance and access to loans through micro finance institutions to local farmer groups, small businesses and cooperatives in 11 regencies and cities in Riau, East Kalimantan and West Java. In 2015, the PRISMA program supported more than 1,200 beneficiaries. The program covers 36 sectors, including agriculture, fishery and processed foods.