Catalyzing Innovation for Women Entrepreneurs

This research is centered around exploring the nuanced challenges faced by women entrepreneurs in accessing and using financing at different stages of their enterprise journey. It is designed to be applied towards identifying innovative financial solutions that can be developed or tailored to best address the needs and demands of women entrepreneurs of all sizes and populating different sectors of the economy.

To understand the needs, challenges, and constraints of women borrowers, this study focuses on three main research questions:

  1. What challenges do women micro-entrepreneurs face in maintaining and growing their businesses?
  2. How can financial service providers improve their services to better fit the needs of women customers?
  3. How has COVID-19 specifically impacted women microentrepreneurs and how have they adapted?