Publication: Designing a Credit Facility for Women Entrepreneurs: Lessons from the Ethiopia Women Entrepreneurship Development Project
Alibhai, Aly Salman
Achew, Mengistu Bessir
Coleman, Rachel Dawn
In October 2012, the Government of Ethiopia launched the Women Entrepreneurship Development Project (WEDP), with the aim of increasing the earnings and employment of growth-oriented micro and small enterprises (MSEs) owned or partly-owned by women entrepreneurs in Ethiopia. In doing so, it created the first ever women-entrepreneur focused line of credit in Africa, and one of few such operations in the world. In addition to the USD 45.9 million in financing, WEDP also offered a variety of innovative training opportunities, designed to not only enhance the business skills of its clients, but their entrepreneurial mindset and practices as well.
“Alibhai, Aly Salman; Achew, Mengistu Bessir; Strobbe, Francesco; Coleman, Rachel Dawn. 2020. Designing a Credit Facility for Women Entrepreneurs; Designing a Credit Facility for Women Entrepreneurs : Lessons from the Ethiopia Women Entrepreneurship Development Project. © World Bank, Washington, DC. http://openknowledge.worldbank.org/handle/10986/34013 License: CC BY 3.0 IGO.”