The Coca-Cola Company's 5by20 initiative will enable the economic empowerment of 5 million women entrepreneurs across the company's global value chain by the year 2020. To breakdown potential economic and social barriers for women entrepreneurs, the initiative will provide business skills training, access to financial assets and services and linkages to networks of peers and mentors. Since its inception in late 2010, the 5by20 initiative has collaborated with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), governments and businesses to develop and implement programs that address the barriers. Together with Coca-Cola, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, UN Women and TechnoServe have been key partners in sharing valuable insights and innovation on development that can build on best-practices in the Coca-Cola business system worldwide. The first phase of 5by20 focused all efforts on four lead countries – Brazil, India, the Philippines and South Africa. The program's second phase saw the inclusion of China, Mexico, Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, Haiti and Egypt. In the years ahead, the Coca-Cola Company expects to reach every region of the globe as the program grows exponentially. 5by20 is on track to reach 300,000 women by the end of 2012.