The potential of women entrepreneurs remains largely untapped in developing and emerging markets, with many lacking access to the financial services, skills and opportunities they need to become successful business owners. In developing countries, women own only around 30% of small businesses and as little as 17% of medium enterprises. Women are also three times more likely to operate within the informal economy.

The Enterprise Development Programme addresses these challenges by enhancing women’s access to capital and markets, delivering tailored business training, and facilitating business registration. We focus on providing women with tailored financial literacy and awareness training, coupled with access to different types of investment choices. We also work in partnership with banks, micro-finance institutions and investment funds to encourage them to realise women’s market potential and create tailored products and services for them.

Our support equips women entrepreneurs with the tools to transition into small and growing business owners, enabling women like Frederica from Sierra Leone to increase her customer base by 30%, and Ikhlas from Palestine to link to potential investors. This results in higher incomes, job creation and a stronger voice for women in their communities. By improving women’s incomes and financial autonomy, we can ensure better health, education and security for them, their families and society as a whole.

In the past financial year we have achieved remarkable impact:

EDP impact

We look for partners who share our vision of a world where women have equal opportunities to engage in business and the freedom to be economically and socially independent. By enabling women to fulfil their potential, we can help them to create a brighter future for themselves, their families and society as a whole. We invite you to work with us to drive the Enterprise Development Programme Forward.  Find out more about how you can get involved by contacting us.

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