Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative

  Mar 08, 2022
We are pleased to share the 2021 Annual Report, which features an overview of We-Fi operations, including data, diversity of projects and investments, and stories of women entrepreneurs around the world. As we celebrate the 2022 International Women's Day this week, we dedicate this month’s newsletter to women entrepreneurs who are pivoting their lives, businesses, and communities toward a resilient future.

Annual Report 2021: Chair's Letter

Dr. Bärbel Kofler
Parliamentary State Secretary to the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany

Almost five years ago, we created an international partnership focused on providing women the means to start and sustain businesses, bring solutions and services to their communities, and employ others while doing so. We did this because we believe that gender equality and women’s economic empowerment are the bedrock of thriving, inclusive societies. (…) This annual report, with operational results listed until July 2021, covers the first year of the chairmanship of We-Fi’s Governing Committee by Germany. In the fall of 2021, the Governing Committee reviewed the partnership’s results and options for the future as the end of the first five-year allocation period is nearing.

I am pleased to note that the members of the Governing Committee expressed their confidence and decided that We-Fi would continue to carry on its mission, which envisions new contributions from existing donors, new bilateral donors, and philanthropies in 2022 and beyond (...)

Women entrepreneurs have an important role in driving economic recovery and growth. The innovative programs and solutions We-Fi enables to support women today will help build a society that is more resilient, inclusive, and equitable for everyone and for generations to come. Read more... 

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Inspiration by Women Entrepreneurs

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

Move over 'tech bros': Women entrepreneurs join Africa's fintech boom

Female 'techpreneurs' are taking their place in Africa's male-dominated fintech boom, but gender bias makes it harder for them to access finance and grow their businesses. This story is part of a storytelling partnership between We-Fi and Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters. Read more...

How cooperation from a bank gives wings to women entrepreneurs in Vietnam

Nguyen Thi Huyen, CEO of Vinasamex, runs a company that specializes in processing and exporting cinnamon and star aniseed. In two years, her farm has grown to 2,200 hectares receiving supplies from 1,500 smallholder farmers...When Covid-19 disrupted commercial activities and drove up unemployment in Vietnam’s big cities, the company was able to hire many Yen Bai minorities back to their hometown to work in the cinnamon fields. Read her story...
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