Women from poor rural communities are shaking up old ideas of what it means to be an entrepreneur.
With mobile phones in hand, they are training their neighbors in financial literacy and digital financial services, connecting them to opportunities in the formal economy. They are using data and new agricultural training to strengthen family farms. They are they gaining autonomy and greater influence control over household finances.
These new entrepreneurs are unlocking opportunities for their families and their communities. They are directing more household resources to education, health and nutrition. As they support other women, they also grow as leaders.
What they need to succeed in the long run is an empowering environment that encourages gender equity and provides resources and opportunity. Better financing for their businesses. More reliable ways to save and information to guide decision-making. Access to digital and other training tools. And above all the support of their family and community.
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