Financial Access of Women-Owned Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises in Viet Nam
This study found that only five out of 27 banks surveyed cater to the specific needs of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) owned by women. The paper proposes ways of incentivizing financial institutions to invest in this market segment. These include requiring gender-disaggregated data reporting, boosting knowledge on gender lens investing, improving guarantee schemes, and promoting lending to women-owned SMEs as an active hedge against portfolio deterioration.
More specifically, the paper recommends that financial institutions introduce regular tracking of gender-disaggregated data at portfolio level, design and implement gender lens strategies, and develop products and services better tailored to the needs and preferences of women-owned businesses.