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We’re delighted to share our 2016 Annual Review, which provides a snapshot of our achievements over the financial year 2015-16. Since the Foundation was established in 2008, we are proud to have supported over 140,000 women entrepreneurs from over 100 countries, enabling them to access the skills, technology, networks and financial services they need to thrive.

Year at a glance

This year we supported:

  • Over 3,500 women to increase their business skills
  • Over 3,300 women to secure investment for their businesses
  • Over 670 women to access networks

Over the course of the year, the women we supported established 157 new businesses and generated over 2,500 jobs.

Meet the trailblazers

Our latest Annual Review is filled with stories from bold, boundary-breaking women who are changing their own lives and the lives of women around them. Women like Anja (pictured), who launched a social enterprise which produces reusable sanitary towels after learning that many girls in Malaysia miss out on school because they can’t afford menstrual products. You can find Anja’s story on page 17.

Ground-breaking projects

Our Annual Review outlines how we harness the power of technology to break down the barriers faced by women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging economies. Learn more about our focus on equipping women with the “three Cs” – Confidence, Capability and access to Capital.

Meet our cover star

Illuminating the front cover of our Annual Review is one of our fantastic mentees, Nina. She owns a company called Fresh Express Logistics, which exports locally harvested grapes from India to Europe.

Nina joined our Mentoring Programme because she was facing problems with marketing her products and handling clients. She was matched with Tracy, a research analyst and knowledge manager with Marsh & McLennan Companies in the UK.

Through their mentoring relationship, Nina’s business has been going from strength-to-strength. You can read more about her entrepreneurial journey on page 11.

Ways to engage

Without the remarkable support of our global community of donors and partners, our work to empower women entrepreneurs in emerging and developing economies would not be possible.

Find our more about how you can support us or get involved in our Mentoring Women in Business Programme.

Our full Annual Report and Accounts 2016 are also available to view.

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