The African continent has the highest percentage of women entrepreneurs in the world. According to the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM) 2016/17 Women’s Report, the female entrepreneurship rate in sub-Saharan Africa is 25.9% of the female adult population, in other words, one in four women starts or manages a business.
This makes it apparent that investing in female led businesses can transform societies, considering also that women typically reinvest up to 90% of their income in the education, health, and nutrition of their family and community thereby significantly contributing to economic growth. However, women entrepreneurs face multiple challenges in accessing finance for their businesses.
The Built To Last series is a series of workshops/ training for women-led businesses and non-governmental organizations that seeks to equip them with the skills and knowledge they need to access financial services, grow their businesses, and expand the economic opportunities that are available to them.
It’s approach combines market-relevant skills training, mentorship, and access to financial services to help female business owners better their lives, transition to sustainable livelihoods, and contribute to social and economic change.