Posts Tagged 'women’s empowerment'

Investing in Women-Owned Businesses Will Enhance Africa’s Productivity

It is the objective of Synergy Systems Consults (UK) Limited, a company that specialises in promoting and identifying partnership and investment opportunities within Africa, to influence dynamic changes in terms of exporting international expertise that will enhance productivity in Africa. For example, the Association of Certified Protocol Practitioners in Nigeria (ACPPN) is a non-profit and non-governmental organization aimed at promoting and raising the standards of protocol practice in Nigeria and sharing best practices globally.

Another initiative is the empowerment of women, which has a great potential to boost economic growth and facilitate the goal of an inclusive sustainable development throughout Africa.  Social, cultural, legal and gender specific barriers tend to deprive women of engaging in specific industry supply chains.  There is a need to promote the successes and transformative framework for women that will eliminate barriers and build stronger economies.

Investing in women-owned business and assimilating them into corporate supply chains can also contribute significantly to the world’s economy. Today’s economy records less than one per cent of spending by large businesses on suppliers as produced by women-owned business, generating new employment opportunities and so on.

To strengthen competitiveness, a country must focus on women’s empowerment to achieve an innovative and growth-oriented environment.

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Note: Don’t miss our next WEGGinar™ 7/12/17 on “How to Finance Your Exports,” and presented by Xiomara Creque-Bromberg, Export Finance Manager, Minority and Women Owned Business & Multiplier Outreach Division, Office of Small Business, Export-Import Bank of the United States.  Register here: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4467897765873413377.
Event is no charge but you must register in advance to attend.
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Only 2 Percent of Women-Owned Businesses Export Goods and Services

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According to Pamela Hamamoto, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the US to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva:

… that the majority of WOBs [women-owned businesses] are in fact small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), accounting for one-third of SMEs. Yet only 2% of those WOBs actually export goods and services. ‘This is not just a women’s issue,’ she said, ‘men and women must work together to achieve real progress.’

What that tells us is there is a whole heck of a lot of room for improvement to help women get out of their own backyards and conduct business worldwide through platforms like WEGG.  WEGG is on a mission to educate women business owners and entrepreneurs worldwide on how to expand their businesses globally.  Watch for programs to make that happen — coming soon.

Read the entire article:  Women’s empowerment:  good for business, development and men

Screenshot courtesy:  International Trade Centre

Stop Wasting Human Potential: Empower a Life With a $25 Loan

Vittana (http://www.vittana.org), a 501c(3) organization is out to create a life of opportunity for those who need it most:  young people.

Our mission is to empower young people around the world with the the education and training they need to build a life of prosperity and opportunity. We partner with microfinance institutions (MFIs) throughout the developing world to create and support new student lending programs. By connecting you to students, we enable our MFI partners to raise the right kind of capital to work with more and more students. Each student that appears on our website is a real student and not marketing material. We believe the biggest waste in the world is not oil or food or any other material thing, but rather human potential.

Learn more about Vittana here.

Visit their blog here.

Want to discover how to empower women?  Get educated here.  Like what you see?  Take action.

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney

Zimbabwe Female Entrepreneurs Face Funding Challenges

When it comes to obtaining credit from financial institutions, the perception is quite dismal from Zimbabwe women entrepreneurs a recent survey shows.

Yet, according to the study “An Analysis of the Enabling Environment and Potential for Women’s Empowerment” by Dr. Charity Manyeruke on behalf of the Women Alliance of Business Associations in Zimbabwe (Wabaz), a significant segment of female entrepreneurs have not attempted to obtain funding from financial institutions.

The negative perception might be getting in the way of at least attempting to make things happen.  Even so, it’s still challenging to get funding.

•  Based on the study, 34 percent of the female entrepreneurs who undertook the survey consider obtaining credit from commercial banks as “very difficult.”

Learn more here.  Related article here.

Illustration credit:  Dr. Manyeruke’s book

Posted by:  Laurel Delaney


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