Like many Liberians, the founder of Business Link, a Business Support Service Firm Ms. Edwina D. Vakun, does not carry a very pleasant history with Liberia, however, she did not allow all the hardship of the past hinder her dreams.
Ms. Vakun has an MBA, graduate certificates from local and international institutions and has worked for more than thirteen years in managing resources with high level of effectiveness.
Among others, she has experience as Administrator, Financial Manager, Internal Controller and Program Manager all with local and international Organizations / institutions. She later developed passion for small business development through her work with the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women program for women entrepreneurs.
She then served as the Director of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) now Small Business Administration (SBA) at the Ministry of Commerce where she initiated Liberia’s first MSME Conference in 2013. She has a strong MSME and women empowerment/Development skills.
She lastly served as the MD/CEO of the Norwegian Deposit-taking Microfinance Institution- Diaconia MDI. Due to her passion for empowering lives through entrepreneurship, Ms. Vakun, as she traveled around Liberia saw many challenges and vast business opportunities therefore, the concept of Business Link.
Business Link since its establishment in 2013, has empowered more than 5000 lives through the provision of Microfinance, School Aid, Business and Life Skills Training. Through her many initiatives, she was honored as the Entrepreneur of the year 2016 during Liberia’s first Development award hosted by the United States Embassy near Monrovia.
Her initiatives have enabled marginalized women and youth to own their own businesses through which they cater to their families; hopeless children placed in school and job creation. She has facilitated the establishment of several women empowerment organizations in Liberia and is a member of many of these organizations. She also has additional skills in networking, coaching & mentoring.
It is her belief that anyone wishing to be of service should begin with the least available resources. She is therefore helping to create a future where many Liberians would regard entrepreneurship as the ultimate.