AWIEF USAID-funded Program for SMEs Investment and Export Readiness 2022 for Southern Africa

AWIEF USAID-funded Program for SMEs Investment and Export Readiness 2022 for Southern Africa

Deadline: April 11, 2022

AWIEF is accepting applications for the ‘Enhanced Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Investment and Export Readiness Through a Digital Platform’ program, a new program in partnership with USAID Southern Africa Trade and Investment Hub (USAID TradeHub).

The AWIEF 8-week program aims to increase the investor, export readiness, and competitiveness of 100 SMEs in nine Southern African countries: Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia. The program will help strengthen the governance, regulatory compliance and risk management capabilities of your company.

The program leverages the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), a United States Trade Act that significantly enhances market access to the US for qualifying Sub-Saharan African (SSA) countries, and valid until 2025, to drive export trade for the SMEs. Priority industry sectors include Agriculture, Agro-processing, Textiles, Apparels.

Are you seeking to raise capital for business expansion? Apply now.


  • Open to SMEs registered and operating in one of the Southern African countries:
    • Angola
    • Botswana
    • Eswatini
    • Lesotho
    • Malawi
    • Mozambique
    • Namibia
    • South Africa
    • Zambia
  • SMES should be already exporting or interested in exporting their products to South Africa and/or to the United States leveraging AGOA
  • SMEs should be seeking to raise capital for business expansion and international trade?
  • Priority industry sectors include: Agriculture, Agro-processing, Textiles and Apparel.

Please ensure that you meet all of the eligibility criteria before applying.


Deadline for submission is April 11th, 2022 at 11:59pm Central African Time (CAT). Contact them at [email protected] for any enquiries.

Click here to apply.

For more information, visit AWIEF.