The information set forth in this report was prepared by the Client\u2019s designated representatives and includes or may include certain statements, estimates and forward-looking projections with respect to the anticipated future performance of the client.
Such statements, estimates and forward-looking projections reflect various assumptions of the Client's management that may or may not prove to be correct and involve various risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited. To the risk factors discussed herein, the Client makes no express or implied representation or warranty that the information contained in this report is complete or accurate. Any projections of the Client's future performance are necessarily subject to a high degree of uncertainty.
This report was prepared by the consultant Andrea Serra and the Project Promoter. The consultant was hired by IFC's Project Promoter through a partnership between PEP Africa SME Mozambique and IFC/GEM, and managed by Mario Gomes and Natalie Africa respectively.
This report presents the results of a study which aims to ascertain the status of and challenges facing Mozambican women's SME\u00b4s. The study was carried out through a quantitative survey and focus group discussions among a convenience sample of 70 business women, from which 19 of them were ACTIVA's members and 59 were potential members. The key findings from the study are summarized below.
without requiring financial support from banks or credit unions. Their motivation to start their businesses was, essentially their capacity to identify income generation potential activities even without any experience in the business field.
access to Internet, as well as staff training needs in areas such as management, administration services, marketing and human resources. They also feel the need to develop their own skills in different areas of business management.
their businesses and do not regularly utilise external professional support for the development of their businesses, although they admit to having low business management skills. However they conduct customer needs and satisfaction studies as regular management practice.
their businesses were related to credit and financing, accounting support, technical assistance, promotion and marketing of their businesses, staff training and human resources management.
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