Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA)

Bridging Africa’s Great Gender-Financing Divide

What stands between Soi Cate Chelang and her dream of turning her small pallet-making business into a major enterprise is capital.

When African Women are Financially Included, an Entire Continent Wins

When Rwandan-born, Senegalese-raised entrepreneur and businesswoman Kristine Ngiriye was 18 she had a brilliant idea that she wanted to translate into a business. But when she went to her local bank for a loan they told her to rather get married, because “ a woman must be married instead of venturing into business”, Ngiriye tells IPS.



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