Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

  Jun 02, 2022

The Case for Investing in Women Entrepreneurs

The Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative is proudly presenting its Case for Investing in Women Entrepreneurs. The Case for Investing is not only a testimonial to We-Fi’s track record but, more importantly, the need for the global community to recognize the economic potential of women entrepreneurs. 

Read about We-Fi’s latest results in our updated Fact Sheet.

Voices from the field:

Inspiration by Women Entrepreneurs

We feature original stories about the dedication, struggles, and grit of women entrepreneurs that We-Fi support in developing countries.

Switching on the Light in the MENA Start-Up Scene!
As a working mum in a male-dominated industry, Hela Jelassi, the Tunisian founder of online marketplace El.Business had very little opportunity to develop connections with potential investors. Fund managers rarely meet with someone who is not already in their network, let alone finance them. Hela found herself invisible to the venture capital community – figurately standing in the darkness... but today she is trying to bring light to the space. Read the story...
Pakistan women fight gender norms to build online health business
"Two entrepreneurs in Karachi wanted to use the untapped potential of tens of thousands of so-called “doctor brides” – women doctors who quit their medical practice after marriage in a country where millions have no access to medical care," reports Thomson Reuters Foundation, in their latest collaboration with We-Fi. Read the story...
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How to measure female entrepreneurship

"As part of the Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi), the World Bank We-Data project collects data on female business ownership and directorship across the world in 170 economies—responding to the lack of comprehensive and comparable sex-disaggregated data on female entrepreneurship," writes Julia Braunmiller and Frederic Meunier in a new blog. Read more...

BRAVE Women enhances financial literacy for WSMEs

BRAVE Women Nigeria project is promoting sustainability amongst women-owned small and medium enterprises (WSMES) in the country. Learn more...

EBRD fund SMEs to create new growth opportunities

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), with support from We-Fi, to help promote women’s entrepreneurship and business activity by assisting with access to finance, know-how, and technical advice. Read more...

Advancing Gender Equality with Incentives that Work

Since 2019, IDB Invest has been offering clients an investment package that includes performance-based incentives and advisory services to increase the number of women entrepreneurs with access to financing with the support of the We-Fi initiative. Learn more...

IFC to empower women in the Philippines

IFC, with support from a performance-based incentive by We-Fi, is extending a P500-million (about $10-million) loan to a non-bank financing institution (NBFI) in the Philippines to help women-owned small businesses recover from the Covid-19 pandemic. Read more...

World Bank We-Fi Project Briefs

The World Bank, a We-Fi implementing partner, showcases projects implemented across the world. More than 80% of the funds allocated to the World Bank We-Fi program is dedicated to IDA eligible countries and fragile states where women struggle most to grow their small and medium businesses. Download project briefs...

Digital Platforms Close Funding Gaps for Female-Founded Firms in Finance, Tech

Wendy Teleki, Head of We-Fi, and Keren Levy, President of Payoneer were interviewed by Karen Webster, CEO of PYMNTS, in a deep dive conversation about the complexities of the entrepreneurship ecosystem and what it will take to position women entrepreneurs for success. Read the full article [Video included]...

Using data and technology to expand WSME access to financial services

In Latin America, one of the fastest-growing regions for fintech, IDBG has partnered with Kubo Financiero to boost financing for WSMEs in Mexico. Kubo Financiero is an online digital platform that offers loans, investment plans, and savings accounts. Learn more...

OECD Development Analysis for Gender

The snapshot provides the latest information on development finance for gender equality and women’s empowerment, using 2019-2020 data collected by the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate, in 2020 prices. Read more...

UN Women and Blackrock to promote gender lens investing

UN Women and asset management firm Blackrock have signed a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to cooperate in promoting the growth of gender lens investing. Read more...


From Insights to Function: Designing for Women's Financial Inclusion

June 9, 2022 | Hosted in partnership with FinEquity, this webinar will explore their recent research on the importance of gender-intelligent design in improving women's use of Digital Financial Services. Register now...

W20 at G20 Summit Indonesia

July 19-21, 2022 | During the Indonesia Presidency of G20, Women 20 will host a series of side events with internationally renowned speakers.
Register for W20 Summit  |  Learn more...

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