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How India’s Small Finance Banks Aim to Take Financial Inclusion to the Next Level
India has lended to hundreds throughout the unbanked community and is the largest microfinance market in the world, according to Next Billion. Microfinance in India has its pros and cons. It’s able to reach customers that mainstream financial institutions fail to notice, but it also lacks adequate regulation, making it dangerous for borrowers. The...
Will the Promotion of Arab Women as Entrepreneurs Make a Difference?
One in three start-ups in the Arab World is led by women—a higher rate than in Silicon Valley, according to an IFC article. Improving access to finance and promoting digital platforms are key to helping them succeed. The article says that many entrepreneurs from the region believe that technology is one of the few spaces where everything is viewed...
Women Entrepreneurs in Vietnam Get a Fair Shot with Financing
Commercial Joint Stock Bank (VP Bank) invested in Ho Thi Hai Ngan, a woman entrepreneur looking to expand her electronics shop. With capital as one of the larger challenges faced by SMEs, women are challenged at a much larger rate when “lender biases,” according to the article, are being added to the picture. VP Bank decided to be the change and...
Women Leaders, Women Lenders
Women have been an integral part of microfinance since the very beginning. But though the percentage of women in top leadership positions in microfinance institutions is high compared to the rest of the global banking sector, it’s still lower than women’s proportion of the overall population – and far lower than the percentage of female clients...
Member News: Industry Partner GBA for Women Features Diamond Bank's Digital Innovation
Industry Partner GBA for Women says that digital solutions for product distribution are rapidly increasing banks’ ability to reach the unbanked – a segment disproportionately made up of women. During the recent All-Stars Academy in South Africa, GBA heard from two of its members who are making huge strides in this area: Diamond Bank of Nigeria -...
Alitheia Capital's Tokunboh Ishmael Starts a Fund for Africa's Women Entrepreneurs
Startups founded by women receive less than 50 percent of investment funds than those founded by men, even though women are achieving 10 percent higher profits, according to Boston Consultant Group. Tokunboh Ishmael, co-founder of Alitheia Identity, an investment management and advisory firm focused on channeling private equity investments into...
Nena Stoiljkovic on Women Entrpreneurship
IFC Vice President Nena Stoiljkovic was in Japan for the international conference "World Assembly for Women: WAW!" talked about support for women. Of IFC's many missions, supporting female entrepreneurs is very important. IFC has a network of around 800 local banks in developing countries, through which they offer support to make it easier for...
Why Women-Owned Startups Are a Better Bet
According to Boston Consulting Group research, when women business owners pitch their ideas to investors for early-stage capital, they receive significantly less funding — a disparity that averages more than $1 million— than men. Yet businesses founded by women ultimately deliver higher revenue—more than twice as much per dollar invested—than...
Investing in Women: The Power of Partnership
The program is the Women Entrepreneurs Opportunity Facility (WEOF), a joint initiative established by IFC and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. Its goal is to provide access to capital for 100,000 women, stimulating economic growth, and building stronger, more prosperous communities. Although WEOF still has six years to run, to date, it has made over...
Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana Elsie Addo Awadzi Discusses Sustainable SME Finance in Ghana
Deputy Governor of Bank of Ghana (BoG) Elsie Addo Awadzi, recently shared her perspective on financial inclusion and the pillars of sustainable SME finance with the Alliance for Financial Inclusion (AFI) in Kuala Lumpur. She shares what her three key lessons are for the best way to make SME finance sustainable in Ghana, regulations role, how SME...