Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small and Growing Business

Value for Women released a new research report and video on October 1, 2013 on under-investment in women-led small and growing businesses. The report summarizes research conducted in collaboration with the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), BiD Network, ING Bank Sustainability, and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. The report and video were launched at the ANDE Annual Conference in Glen Cove, NY.

Value for Women’s unique approach engages key players throughout the research process, encouraging them to develop solutions during the data collection period. Literature review, expert interviews, focus group discussions, surveys, and ecosystem design workshops led to findings about the barriers to investing in women-led small businesses. Analysis of this data led also to practical recommendations for banks, impact investors, capacity developers, and associations like ANDE.

Please download the full final report of the Young, Female, Entrepreneur project clicking on the image below.

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small and Growing Businesses.

Value for Women joined forces with Kartoffel Films to produce a short video that summarizes some of the key issues discovered in the research. The film profiles two stellar women-led small businesses: Fabrica Social in Mexico and Pomegranate Workshop in India.

Please click on the image below to play the video!

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Small and Growing Businesses

For additional information about the project and other resources generated throughout the research please visit the project's main article: Young, Female, Entrepreneur.