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Why Are There So Few Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda?

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A 2014 census report conducted by the National Institute of Statistics in Rwanda,  revealed that only 26.8 percent of sole proprietorship establishments are owned by women, compared to 73.2 percent owned by men.

What are the reasons for this imbalance?

In Donah Mbabazi’s article for “The New Times,” she shares a telling quote from the first Vice Chairperson of the Private Sector Federation Chamber for Women, Sarah Kirenga. Kirenga speaks to the challenges that Rwandan women, and all women, can face when it comes to business:
“The number one challenge women in business face is the fear of failure. Failure is a very real possibility in any business venture, but when it comes to women in business; fear to fail becomes a great concern to growing the business, hence, women are afraid to take up big risks. I believe you need to have massive failure to have massive success, you may need 100 ‘nos’ to get one ‘yes,’ but that one ‘yes’ will make you more successful tomorrow than you were today.”

Further in the article, the CEO of the Rwandan stock exchange, Pierre-Celestin Rwabukumba, cites Rwanda’s social climate as a cause for the lack of female participation in business: “It’s because of the general patriarchal kind of environment we have been living in for decades. Business doesn’t change because it is done in the same society.”

This poses an interesting question: Do social norms surrounding gender equality have to change in order for patterns in business to evolve? Or would change in entrepreneurship affect society? What do you think roadblocks women from achieving their full potential as entrepreneurs? What can women do for themselves to get in the game?

Read Mbabazi’s article, and her account of some solutions to the inequity in Rwandan business, here.

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Why go global?  How do you start?  Where can you find customers?  How do you get paid?  Find out these answers and learn other best-kept secrets to expanding a business globally. 

JOIN us for our first weggchat™ (#weggchat) Wednesday, August 8 from 11:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. (noon) Central time on Take Your Business Global! and facilitated by Laurel Delaney, President of WEGG and founder of GlobeTrade.com.  Laurel will field questions and add insights on how to take a business global.  Small business owners can join the conversation by using the hashtag #weggchat to chime in with questions and answers.

Event is free of charge but you must use tchat.io or twubs.com to follow the conversation using the hashtag #weggchat.  See you there!
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Make the Most of Social Media Networking

Genecia Alluora Luo (pictured), founder of Soul Rich Woman (SRW) network and former Miss Singapore tells Việt Nam News reporter Phương Uyên that her mega mission is to empower Southeast Asian women to succeed in business.  Her aim is simple: change their lives for the better. Sounds very familiar to WEGG!

In the information age, to get in touch with customers, gain market share and arrange inventory, I [Genecia Alluora Luo] suggest the women make the most of social media networking, online shopping and delivery platforms. And by giving women entrepreneurs more access to capital, resources and investment opportunities, we can accelerate economic growth in the region, Việt Nam included.

Genecia hopes to encourage more and more women to advance and continue helping others run a [global] business successfully and make extra income, no matter how big or small.

Read more about empowering women in business to reach farther globally and together.

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JAN_wegginar_2018Note: Don’t miss our NEW YEAR WEGGinar™ 1/10/18 on “Laurel Delaney’s Global Trade Trends Report 2018” and presented by Laurel Delaney, President, WEGG and Founder, GlobeTrade.com. Register here:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/1940601026277957634
Event is free of charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Field of Dreams for Women Worldwide

Michelle Kraus over at The Huffington Post writes:

It is time for a world in which women are not considered property or chattel. It is time for a world in which violence toward girls and women is eradicated. It is a time for economic justice for all. It’s been a long time coming.

Read her entire thoughtful piece here:

Empowering Girls, Girls, Girls and Women

Illustration here (and be sure to visit to appreciate the pearltree).

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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