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Financing Women’s Entrepreneurs in East Africa:Opportunities and Challenges

September 15 @ 7:00 AM - September 16 @ 11:00 AM EDT

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Symposium featuring speakers experienced in the investment ecosystem & professionals inquisitive on gender lens financing gaps in Africa

About this event

MEDA’s USAID funded INVEST 001 Second Chance and Global Affairs Canada funded M-SAWA Programs in partnership with Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs ANDE is excited to host a symposium that will bring together investors, financial institutions, businesses, public and nonprofit representatives from East Africa that facilitate inclusive and sustainable economies around the world. This symposium builds on the momentum of gender equality and inclusivity for women entrepreneurs and how gender lens financing can accelerate sustainable economies.

This virtual symposium intends to create an avenue whereby Small and growing businesses (SGBs) can share their investment experiences with other SGBs and get an opportunity to interact with investors and other stakeholders in the investment industry. The three main objectives of the virtual symposium are:

  • Dissemination of initial research and learnings generated with support from some of our experts supporting MEDA’s Second Chance and M-SAWA Kenya and Rwanda projects.
  • Create an eco-friendly space for SGBs to learn and share investment experiences.
  • Interaction between the SGBs and investors with the intent of potential partnerships and investment opportunities.

We have a diverse group of experts that will share their learnings on various topics like: importance of businesses integrating gender inclusion into their operations; the implications of impact investing for Women-owned small and growing businesses in Kenya and Rwanda; and the dissemination of research findings on integration of gender lens in impact investing.

The experts will also showcase their services and products suitable for small and growing businesses. The forum will similarly create an avenue for women and small growing businesses to discuss challenges and opportunities in accessing finance in Kenya and whether gender diversity leads to better returns for investors. Financial intermediaries, the private sector players, and nonprofits will have the chance to develop potential investment partnerships and have a better understanding of the technical and financial needs of small growing businesses.

The symposium will be held on 15th and 16th September 2021, from 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm EAT for two half -days and will showcase diverse speakers with experience in the investment ecosystem and professionals who are inquisitive on gender lens financing gaps in Africa.

Follow the link to register for the virtual symposium and join a network of professionals and learn alongside peers. Log on at scheduled times and enjoy real-time presentations and conversations by dedicated expert facilitators.