The benefits of stimulating women-led businesses in developing countries

Published: Originally published online in Black Enterprise  as ‘Power Women: Building Global Business Leaders: 3 Power Women Who Rock’ by Amanda A. Ebokosia


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People are taking notice of the power moves by women across the globe now more than ever. And when it comes to women-led businesses in developing nations, the importance of supporting their growth is enormous. “Empowering women and girls is the best way to maintain stability in a country, reduce poverty, and promote sustainable development,” says Saran Kaba Jones, executive director of FACE Africa, a nonprofit organization that develops water purification and sanitation systems throughout Liberia.


What can you do? That simple question chorused by the Half The Sky movement, has placed the flashlight on the challenges that women face around the world. Countless people watched with bated breath the recent premiere of PBS’s 2-day documentary Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, based on the New York Times best-seller written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.




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