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aidha Graduation Ceremony 2013

September 2013 │ Singapore

On September 29, aidha held a graduation ceremony for 96 graduating ladies who have studied with aidha since late 2011. The graduates received their Certificates of Completion for fulfilling the intense and gruelling Venture Club, aidha’s flagship entrepreneurship course.

Two weeks before the ceremony, as a judging panel for the Best Business Plan Awards, Deutsche Bank Singapore volunteers had to choose the top three winners to be revealed at the Ceremony. The volunteers were impressed and inspired by the students' drive, personal stories and business ideas.

Prior to the ceremony, Deutsche Bank Singapore volunteers helped to prepare the venue and students for the ceremony by helping with the speeches and providing guidance throughout the ceremony. At the ceremony, heartfelt speeches and inspiring words featured abundantly. Four graduates delivered personal stories of how specific aidha courses changed their lives.

The most moving speech came from Gina Romero, founder of the Athena Network -- Singapore and an accomplished entrepreneur. Her speech about how she looked up to ordinary women as heroes, specifically her own mother who had worked as a domestic helper, left most of the audience members teary-eyed and gave a huge dose of inspiration and hope to the students, many of whom are mothers themselves. Three successful graduates have gone on to open businesses in their respective home countries, giving everyone a clear picture of the wider impact of aidha's work beyond Singapore's shores.

The most exciting portion of the ceremony was the Business Plan Awards, seeing the students' excitement and pride in discovering if they had won the award.

It was a truly memorable event that gave employers, mentors, volunteers, friends and families the opportunity to get together and celebrate the achievements of these inspiring ladies, and to wish them well on the next chapter of their journey.

aidha is a Singapore-based non-government organisation that enriches the lives of foreign domestic workers in Singapore through financial education and self-development skills. aidha aims to break the poverty cycle of one of Singapore's critical but often-overlooked groups by enabling domestic workers to pursue financial stability. aidha programmes aim to help domestic workers develop their self-confidence, communication skills, money management habits, technological aptitude and ultimately entrepreneurial and managerial skills to start sustainable businesses.

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