USAID Feed The Future Women Entrepreneurs 2018

Women lead approximately one-third of small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets, but remain disproportionately underserved and often face less favorable terms for financing, inhibiting their ability to grow. More than 40 percent of women-owned SMEs cite lack of access to finance as a major barrier to growth. In the agriculture sector, which investors consider particularly risky, womenowned SMEs earn 25 percent less in sales and own 35 percent fewer assets than men-owned SMEs, including financial assets. Women often have less access to collateral and training, preventing them from…

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