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Stepping Stones to Prosperity for Kenya Women

Empower Kenyan women.

Empowering Kenyan women.

It goes like this.  A New York-based social enterprise Bird & Stone sells jewelry and sends 15 percent of its profits to the SiSi Fund.  SiSi Fund:

A micro-finance fund in Kitale, Kenya run by a nonprofit, it helps women, especially widows, get loans of anywhere from about $100 to $450 and learn business skills to start micro-enterprises ranging from fruit and vegetable stands to hair salons.

Why do Kenyan women need money moreso than others in Kenya?

Women, particularly widows, in Kenya, face a hard road.  When a woman is widowed, she traditionally doesn’t inherit her husband’s land.  Instead, the land,  along with all of his possessions, go to his brothers or other family members.

So the funding provides a three-pronged solution for women who need to get back on their feet to make a living, take care of their family and start a micro-enterprise.

Learn more:  Jewelry Startup Funds Micro-Loans in Kenya

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Opportunities Exist in the Middle East for Women Business Owners

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Sarah Hildersley, Regional Coordinator – South West, Overseas Business Networks Program, Business West , talks about her time in the Middle East and the opportunities which exist for UK companies.

It’s important to highlight that women can do business in the Middle East. However, you should factor in the need to dress quite conservatively – I used to take a pashmina to meetings in Jordan, where it simply meant there would be less risk of giving mixed messages. It certainly helped reduce unwanted attention in the souks.

Read the entire article:  Women Doing Business in the Middle East

If you wish to contact Sarah, email her at:  sarah.hildersley@businesswest.co.uk.

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Do Not Hesitate: Move Into New Markets

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As a woman business owner, are you cautious when it comes to taking risks?  You are not alone.  Many business women are but when big risks lead to big rewards, female leaders must develop a different attitude if they are going to increase their growth prospects.

According to a US survey many female business owners struggle to find an appropriate balance between risk and caution. The survey of nearly 250 women by the Commonwealth Institute South Florida found female leaders and owners are optimistic about growth for their businesses in 2014. But while they express interest in expanding product lines and moving into new geographies, most hesitate to take a financial risk.

Read more:  Hesitancy can hinder women’s success

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Best Places In the World For Female Entrepreneurship?

Australia

Dell announced the results of the second annual Gender-Global Entrepreneurship and Development Index (GEDI), revealing that more than 75 per cent of the countries surveyed were not meeting the most fundamental conditions required for female entrepreneurs to prosper.  In a nutshell, Australia (pictured) has been named one of three best places for female entrepreneurship, together with the United States and Sweden, while India increased its ranking in 2014, compared to last year.

According to the study, India has moderate female entrepreneurship environment in terms of women identifying opportunities to start businesses (60%), feeling they have the skills (52%) and do not fear failure in starting a business (57%).

Learn more about GEDI findings:  Women Entrepreneurship:  India Has Moderate Startup Activity

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Untapping The Potential of Pakistani Women Entrepreneurs

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Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP), Punjab has already taken an initiative to discover and groom women entrepreneurs who have excellent handicraft skills.  The intent is to boost textile exports and help women at the same time develop their capabilities.

Besides local training, the authority has enlisted the assistance of European experts to provide necessary training to these entrepreneurs’ who have an aim to expand their business to European markets.

Read the entire article:  Tapping potential:  Exploring women entrepreneurship

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Investing in Women Entrepreneurs Will Break Barriers to Exporting

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Over the next two years, Australia will serve as a champion to improve the capacity of trade promotion agencies in the APEC region to support women exporters says Australia’s Ambassador for Women and Girls, Natasha Stott Despoja.

While leading Australia’s delegation to the APEC Women and the Economy Forum (WEF) in Beijing, Ms. Stott Despoja said Australia’s foreign policy and aid program were targeting three persistent challenges to gender equality by addressing violence against women and girls, supporting women’s leadership and promoting women’s economic empowerment.

Ms. Stoff Despoja adds, “Research has shown that women face greater barriers to exporting – such as access to finance, resources and information.”

Read the news:  Investing in region’s women exporters

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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Women Help Solve Big Challenges in Our World

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The International Women’s Hackathon (second one took place April 25-27th) is a crowdsourcing event to empower young women leaders in computer science.

By providing a fun and safe environment in which to explore computing, the hackathon encourages and supports university women around the world to become producers of future innovations in technology and help solve challenges in the world today.

The goal is to have hundreds of events around the world as the future women innovators help solve big challenges in our world.

Feel free to explore below:

Read the entire article:  International Women’s Hackathon 2014
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Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Welcome WELA

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The Women Entrepreneurship and Leadership for Africa (WELA) in Kenya aims to empower female executives in the small and medium enterprise (SME) segment. Kenyan female entrepreneurs will benefit from a mentorship program recently launched by industry lobbyists  and world renowned business think tanks.

For all Kenyan women entrepreneurs, this is a good way to rebrand your business, explore new markets and forge strategic relationships in order to grow.

Read more:  Kenya launches program to empower female entrepreneurs 

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(Have a minute?  Please vote for my new “Exporting” book, which has been nominated for the Small Business Book Award in Technology!  Click on the box below and then click VOTE.  Thanks so much in advance.)

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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