WOMEN'S ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT

Economically empowering women may be one of the most impactful sets of development interventions, both in terms of growth and job creation. In 2012 the MIF launched its Women’s Economic Empowerment (WEempower) initiative, particularly targeting efforts to unlock and support women’s ability to realize their economic potential. This initiative supports two core areas of programming —women’s businesses and households—that support women entrepreneurs, women farmers, women in households, and young women. 

By working in partnership with local private sector organizations in Latin America and the Caribbean, the MIF designs and finances interventions to test combinations of products and services that best enable women to reach their full economic potential. 

women entrepreneurshipBanking

Supporting growth in women’s businesses: women entrepreneurshipBanking provides incentives for Latin American and Caribbean financial intermediaries to launch innovative and inclusive lending models for women-led micro, small and medium enterprises. 

Through a unique combination of loans, guarantees and technical assistance, banks and other financial intermediaries have the tools to tailor their financial products and services to better fit the needs of women-led businesses.

Factsheet
Press release

WEGrow

     

WEGrow presents the study "Unlocking the Growth Potential of Women Entrepreneurs in Latin America and the Caribbean"
It analyzes the profiles, challenges and needs of high-growth women entrepreneurs in nine countries in the region.

 Infographic, publication and more information about the project  

WEVentureScope

WEVentureScope index identifies region’s strengths and challenges in supporting women’s entrepreneurship
In its premiere edition, the WEVentureScope identifies Chile, Peru and Colombia as having the region’s best overall support systems for women entrepreneurs.

The 2013 WEVentureScope
Press release

STRENGTHENING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN PERU

This initiative was built on two programs: Salta trained 100,000 women microenterpreneurs on basic aspects of management; and the intensive certification program that was part of Goldman Sachs' global initiative "10,000 Women" for owners of small and medium businesses.

The project was supported by the MIF, Mibanco, the Government of Australia, the Goldman Sachs Foundation, and the Thunderbird School of Global Management.

Factsheet
Press release of the closing event
 Project information 
 Impact Evaluation
 Summary of lessons learned (to come)

PROJECT STORIES:
SALTA PROJECT, PERU

INFOGRAPHIC:
WOMEN'S BUSINESSES in COLOMBIA