Africa

Meet 5 inspiring Women Leaders

Meet 5 Women Leaders & Vote for Your Favorite Inspiring Story

On Monday, March 8, the world will celebrate the tremendous achievements of women across the globe. In the last year, the COVID-19 crisis has illuminated the essential role women play in society and the disproportionate burdens they carry in their everyday lives. Read five inspirational stories of women leaders who have overcome significant challenges to create a brighter future, then vote on your favorite story.

Agriculture, Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment

One Year of COVID-19: Juliana Mário, Mozambican Entrepreneur

In this series, we check back with TechnoServe program participants previously featured on our blog, documenting how their lives have changed and progressed. In Mozambique, women-owned businesses have been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19. In our previous story on Juliana Mário, a small business owner in Maputo, her sales had decreased by over 50% from the start of the pandemic. Find out how she is doing now, eight months later.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment
Resilience During COVID-19
Moureen Nakisozi, a woman excelling in a field often dominated by men, practices her welding skills outside of Kampala, Uganda

In Uganda, Meet the Woman Excelling in a Male-Dominated Industry

Young women in Uganda can face significant challenges as they seek employment outside of the home. Moureen Nakisozi had always dreamed of becoming a welder but struggled to make that dream a reality without the necessary training. After joining a TechnoServe program, she was matched with a mentor and received the business and technical skills she needed to start her welding career.

Entrepreneurship, Women's Economic Empowerment
Jacinta Musyoka stands in her micro-retail shop in Nairobi, Kenya

Micro-Retailers Gain a Brighter Outlook with Access to Finance

In Kenya, the COVID-19 pandemic has made it even harder for entrepreneurs like Jacinta Musyoka to run their businesses. Without working capital, it can be difficult for many micro-retailers to restock their shops, pay rent, and put food on the table for their families. A TechnoServe program is combining financial support with technical advice to help 28,000 entrepreneurs in Kenya keep their micro-enterprises afloat and continue to serve their communities.

COVID-19, Entrepreneurship, Micro-Retail, Women's Economic Empowerment