Visa’s 'She's Next' Grant Program Launches in Oman to Support Women-Owned Small Business

  • Visa launches 1st edition of She’s Next in partnership with Bank Muscat in Oman
  • Local women business owners in the two countries are invited to apply for a grant worth USD 20,000, a tailored training program and access to She’s Next Club networking and mentoring opportunities. Applications are open until June 23, 2023

Oman, 23 May 2023: Visa, the world’s leader in digital payments, is bringing the Saudi Arabia edition of its She’s Next initiative to women-owned businesses in Oman in partnership with Bank Muscat.

She’s Next, empowered by Visa, is a global advocacy program that aims to support women-owned small businesses through funding, training and mentorship. From today and until June 23, 2023, women entrepreneurs from all industries and sectors in Oman can apply to She's Next.

One winner from each market will receive a grant of USD 20,000, a tailored training program, and access to She’s Next Club resources such as a workshop library and community of entrepreneurs. 

Ali Bailoun, Visa’s Regional General Manager for KSA, Bahrain and Oman, commented: “Women entrepreneurs in Oman require additional funding and support in today's business landscape. That’s why we're proud to bring She's Next for the first time to Oman and we are grateful to Bank Muscat for their support in bringing this important initiative to women owned businesses in these important markets.” 

Ilham Murtadha Al Hamaid, General Manager – Corporate Banking, Bank Muscat: “As the leading financial services provider in the Sultanate of Oman, Bank Muscat is proud to partner with Visa for the first She’s Next edition open to women-owned SMBs in Oman. The bank is committed to supporting women entrepreneurs embark on sustainable self-employment business initiatives, which will strengthen our society and the economy. This program will go a long way in recognising outstanding business achievements today, and also serve to inspire a whole new generation of women entrepreneurs in the future.”

Since 2020, Visa has invested +$3M in over 250 grants and coaching for women SMB owners through the She’s Next grant program globally including in US, Canada, India, Ireland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Morocco.

To learn more and apply for Visa She's Next Grant Program, applicants must submit a short application form with details about their business and digital presence.