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Strengthening Access to Finance for Women-Owned SMEs in Developing Countries

Strengthening Access to Finance for Women-Owned SMEs in Developing Countries

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In line with our corporate priorities on the need to devote special attention to the issue of women entrepreneurship, we produced a report focusing on the issues impeding access to finance as well as non-financial barriers for women entrepreneurs, highlighting key trends and challenges, and scrutinizing opportunities for increased access. Scalable approaches to increase access to finance for women entrepreneurs in developing countries were identified, and policy recommendations on empowering women entrepreneurs to pursue economic opportunities, invest additional capital, and hire more employees were provided.
In line with our corporate priorities on the need to devote special attention to the issue of women entrepreneurship, we produced a report focusing on the issues impeding access to finance as well as non-financial barriers for women entrepreneurs, highlighting key trends and challenges, and scrutinizing opportunities for increased access. Scalable approaches to increase access to finance for women entrepreneurs in developing countries were identified, and policy recommendations on empowering women entrepreneurs to pursue economic opportunities, invest additional capital, and hire more employees were provided.

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Published by: IFC Access to Finance and Financial Markets on Dec 09, 2011
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Sengening Access o Finance o Women-OwnedSMEs in Deeoping Conies
OCtObEr 2011
 
© Intnatina Financ Cpatin 2011. A ihts svd.
2121 Pennsyania Aene, N.W.Wasingon, DC 20433Inene: www.ic.og
te maeia in is wok is copyiged. Copying and/o ansmiing poions o a o is wokwio pemission may e a ioaion o appicae aw. IFC encoages disseminaion o is wok andwi nomay gan pemission o epodce poions o e wok pompy, and wen e epodcionis o edcaiona and non-commecia pposes, wio a ee, sjec o sc aiions and noicesas we may easonay eie.IFC does no gaanee e accacy, eiaiiy o compeeness o e conen incded in is wok,o o e concsions o jdgmens descied eein, and acceps no esponsiiiy o iaiiy o anyomissions o eos (incding, wio imiaion, ypogapica eos and ecnica eos) in econen wasoee o o eiance eeon. te ondaies, coos, denominaions, and oeinomaion sown on any map in is wok do no impy any jdgmen on e pa o te Wod bankconcening e ega sas o any eioy o e endosemen o accepance o sc ondaies. tendings, inepeaions, and concsions expessed in is ome do no necessaiy efec e iewso e Execie Diecos o te Wod bank o e goenmens ey epesen.te conens o is wok ae inended o genea inomaiona pposes ony and ae no inended oconsie ega, seciies, o inesmen adice, an opinion egading e appopiaeness o anyinesmen, o a soiciaion o any ype. IFC o is aiaes may ae an inesmen in, poide oeadice o seices o, o oewise ae a nancia inees in, ceain o e companies and paies(incding named eein).A oe eies on igs and icenses, incding ssidiay igs, sod e addessed o IFC’sCopoae reaions Depamen, 2121 Pennsyania Aene, N.W., Wasingon, D.C. 20433.Inenaiona Finance Copoaion is an inenaiona oganizaion esaised y Aices o Ageemenamong is meme conies, and a meme o e Wod bank Gop. A names, ogos andademaks ae e popey o IFC and yo may no se any o sc maeias o any ppose wioe expess wien consen o IFC. Addiionay, “Inenaiona Finance Copoaion” and “IFC” aeegiseed ademaks o IFC and ae poeced nde inenaiona aw.
 
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StrENGthENING ACCESS tO FINANCE FOr WOMEN-OWNED SMEs IN DEvElOPING COuNtrIES
Peace 3lis o Aeiaions 4Acknowedgemens 5Execie Smmay 6ChAPtEr 1 Coniions o Women Enepenes in Economic Deeopmen 12
1. Why Women Entrepreneurs Matter 122. Importance o Women’s Access to Finance 18
ChAPtEr 2 Non-Financia baies o Expanding Women’s SMEs 21
lega Enionmen 21
2.1 Cultural environment 24
time Aaiae o Enepeneia Aciiies 25Ina-hoseod bagaining Posiion 26resicions on Moiiy 27
2.2 Human capital 282.3 Regulatory environment 302.4 Inrastructure 322.5 Governance 322.6 Barriers can aect potential entrants, not just incumbent entrepreneurs 332.7 Non-fnancial barriers can aect fnancial barriers, too 33
ChAPtEr 3 Access o Finance a Key baie o Women-owned SMEs 34
3.1 Women-owned SMEs are an underserved segment 353.2 Financial institutions are not lending to women-owned SMEs 403.3 The types o businesses women run impact their ability to access fnance 40
3.3.1 Gende dieences in size 403.3.2 Gende dieences in seco and enepises 413.3.3 Gende dieence in peomance 44
3.4 Governments and fnancial institutions have a role to play 46
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