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Women entrepreneurs in Kenya: factors affecting women in micro and small enterprises in Kenya

July 2009

The Small Enterprise Program (SEED) of the ILO has published a new report that reviews the different factors, which impact women SME owners in Kenya. The report includes a profile review of SMEs operating in Kenya as well as an assessment of how policies impact women entrepreneurs, barriers and opportunities for women's SME development, including access to financing, education, legal and regulatory barriers, gender disparities in employment as well as other supply side constraints.  Read more

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises and the global economic crisis: impacts and policy responses


Paul Vandenberg authored this booklet  for the ILO addressing  sustainable enterprise strategies in times of financial crisis. Vandenberg writes about the role and experience of Micro, Small and Medium-sized enterprises in response to the global economic crisis. The booklet includes an analysis of the key issues that MSMEs face as a result of the crisis, real examples of measures that governments have taken to support these enterprises and the ILO's a five point crisis response for MSMEs. Download the report

Developing women's entrepreneurship and e-business in green cooperatives in the Asia and pacific region


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific has published the guidebook, Developing Women's Entrepreneurship and E-Business in Green Cooperative in Asia and Pacific Region. The guidebook aims to promote entrepreneurship among women and to enhance rural women’s capacity to apply ICTs in developing e-business in this niche area of agriculture cooperatives in developing countries in the Asian and Pacific region. It provides policymakers and entrepreneurs with background information in this niche area, and guidelines on developing women’s cooperatives, entrepreneurship, and e-business. Some good practice cases are illustrated that can be replicable in some countries. Download the guidebook.

Tapping Women's Entrepreneurship in Ghana

April 2006

In this article, published in African Renewal, Efam Dovi discusses the experience of small enterprise women entrepreneurs in Ghana. The article highlights some of the challenges and obstacles to growing a small business that keep many women entrepreneurs stuck at the micro business level. Dovi profiles the success story of Leticia Osafo-Addo, CEO of Processed Foods and Spices Company, who started her business by making jars of chili sauce for friends in her kitchen.  Osafo-Addo attended a capacity building training, initiated by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for promoting sustainable small- and medium-enterprises and overcame many hurdles to growing her business. Read the full article.   

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