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Access to Finance and Capacity Building of Women-led Small and Medium Enterprises in Zambia (英语)

This report presents the findings from a strategic market analysis of women-led SMEs conducted in Zambia. The objective of this report is to increase the understanding of both the demand-side and the supply-side characteristics and constraints across the firm life cycle (start up and growth), as well as the availability of new technologies that can alleviate constraints for women-owned businesses. This research is a part of the Zambia Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (We-Fi) project, which is focused on supporting the growth of women-owned/led SMEs by improving access to finance and capacity building for women entrepreneurs. Specifically, this report is meant to contribute to the design of more effective interventions by analyzing barriers to finance that affect women-owned/led enterprises more than men-owned/led enterprises.