Women lead approximately one-third of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in emerging markets but remain disproportionately underserved. They often face less favorable terms for financing and limited access to essential resources needed to build, sustain, and grow their businesses.
Market systems that inhibit productivity growth and depress livelihoods are familiar enough across the developing world. Barriers to improvement that turn out to be fundamentally political are two-a-penny.
This resource highlights research from the Mobile Money for the Poor (MM4P) program at the United Nations Capital Development Program exploring labour pains and the difficulties that can extend over a lifetime as women face complex financial decisions.