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Women-Owned SMEs: A Business Opportunity for Financial Institutions

International Finance Corporation
Marieme Esther Dassanou
Montserrat Ganuza
Anushe A. Khan
Alla Khodakivska
Heather Kipnis
and Akiko Kudo
Publication date: 
Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Women-owned SMEs face a range of financial and non-financial challenges in realizing their growth potential, and are more likely than their male counterparts to cite access to finance as a major or severe constraint on their business operations. This study aims to expose the business opportunity that this untapped market represents for financial institutions by 1) estimating the market and credit gap for women entrepreneurs, and 2) presenting the findings of IFC's Portfolio Gender Baseline Survey.

Download the full report to learn more about IFC's assessment of the market and credit gap for women entrepreneurs.