Road to Growth

Road to Growth equips women entrepreneurs in low and middle income countries with business skills, financial literacy, networks and confidence so they can achieve business growth.

Across the world there is a vast gender gap in entrepreneurship that sees women entrepreneurs unfairly held back from successfully growing their businesses.

Women entrepreneurs have enormous potential to innovate, inspire and change the world. However, gendered barriers like stereotypes, discriminatory laws and practices, and inequalities in education and care work mean many women – especially in low and middle income countries – are held back from building the skills, knowledge, networks and confidence needed to achieve business growth.

Our solution

We developed our Road to Growth training programme in 2015 to break through these barriers and support women entrepreneurs to succeed. The programme delivers business skills and financial literacy training, builds participants’ knowledge, confidence and networks, and guides women through the creation of a plan to achieve their ambitions for business growth over the following years.

Since launching, Road to Growth has supported over 4,500 women entrepreneurs.

Road to Growth's impact

92% of 2023 participants increased their access to networks.

4,500+ women entrepreneurs have strengthened their businesses through Road to Growth.

77% of 2023 participants increased their business competency.

How does it work?

Training is delivered over seven weeks, normally through a blend of both online and face-to-face learning. Each week focusing on a different topic such as knowing your market, digital marketing, financial relationships, and confidence to meet growth goals.

A classroom of women diligently learning. A Road to Growth trainer stands at the front before a screen.

These sessions give women entrepreneurs:

  • Support to develop an operation and cost plan to inform their growth plan.
  • Knowledge in digital marketing and social media platforms and their use for business growth.
  • Profitability, cash health and asset analysis skills.
  • Skills in monitoring and improving cash flow.
  • Knowledge of different types of business financing.
  • An overview of business documentation, rights and responsibilities.
  • Knowledge on market analysis, business positioning and sales forecasting.
  • An understanding of how to balance business and family.
  • Opportunities to network with representatives from financial institutions.
  • Confidence, commitment and energy to put their growth plans into practice.
  • Lasting and highly beneficial alumni networks of “sisterpreneurs”.

Trainers provide participants with one-to-one support throughout and training is accompanied by interactive exercises, group discussions and inspirational guest talks.

Having the chance to be part of Road to Growth enabled me to realise my vision, potential, and meet like-minded amazing women achieving things for themselves.

Fernanda Alva, founder of a publishing company and Road to Growth participant, Mexico

Where is it delivered?

Road to Growth was launched in Nigeria in 2015. Since then, the programme has been adapted to respond to the evolving needs of women entrepreneurs across seven countries.

The programme is currently delivered in Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa and Guyana. It has previously been delivered in Mexico, Vietnam and Indonesia.

We have ambitions to bring this hugely impactful training programme to new low and middle income countries through funding partnerships with the private and public sector, supporting our goal of reaching one million women by 2030. Please get in touch to discuss how we can collaborate to bring Road to Growth to even more women entrepreneurs worldwide and support their business development.

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