Our impact

Eliminating the barriers so women entrepreneurs thrive.

Our mission is to empower women to start, grow and sustain successful businesses, so they can redefine the future for themselves and their societies. And since 2008, we’ve enabled over 200,000 women entrepreneurs in more than 100 countries to do that.

We’ve also worked to influence companies, policymakers, governments, multilateral organisations and individuals all over the world to tackle the gendered barriers holding back women entrepreneurs.

Our work has played a vital role in enabling hundreds of thousands of women to become better off, more secure and more independent. And it has helped level the playing field for women entrepreneurs everywhere.

200,000 women supported to start and grow successful businesses

90% of women on our programmes in 2020 reported increased confidence

70% of mentees we supported in 2020 increased their profits

Our impact in 2020 – a year like no other

99% of our HerVenture mobile learning app's 50,000 worldwide users say they will apply their new learnings to their business

The growth of my business has had a tremendous impact on the people around me. Thousands of Road to Growth participants like Arewa have seen a direct impact on their families and communities

1,946 new staff were hired in 2020 by our women entrepreneur mentees

Measuring our impact

Our work with women entrepreneurs happens within the bigger picture of women’s economic empowerment overall.

Our view is that a woman is economically empowered when she enjoys her rights to control economic resources and has the power to make both business and personal decisions that benefit herself, her family and her community.

We view economic empowerment as a process involving multiple changes across different areas of life and society: women’s access to economic opportunities, political and legal systems​, social norms and attitudes​, household factors​, individual capabilities, women’s ability to exercise agency, and women’s economic achievements​.

Our work specifically and directly supports women entrepreneurs through programmes that bring about changes in the following crucial areas of women’s economic empowerment:​

  • Improving women’s access to economic opportunities​
  • Women entrepreneurs’ individual knowledge, skills and capabilities​
  • Women entrepreneurs’ agency and empowerment​
  • Women entrepreneur’s economic achievements​

We measure our impact against each of the areas outlined above.​

We also advocate with and for women entrepreneurs to improve the entrepreneurship ecosystem in which they operate in low and middle income countries. Focusing on:​

  • Political and legal systems​
  • Social norms and attitudes​
  • Household factors and resource allocation​

Take a look at the latest updates on our impact

Our Impact blogs detail the impact of our programmes on women entrepreneurs.

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A Year Like No Other: Our 2020 Annual Report

We’re delighted to release our 2020 annual report, detailing our activities over a year like no other. So, what exactly did we get up to in 2020 and how did we meet the needs of the women we exist to serve? Here are our headlines…

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