Economically empowering women micro-entrepreneurs in Tanzania.
Providing over 5,000 women business owners in the Mbeya and Dodoma regions with training on mobile savings and good business practices.
BWC Tanzania is part of the larger Business Women Connect project financed by the ExxonMobil Foundation, operating in three countries and reaching thousands of women.
EVEN IN THE FACE OF UNPREDICTABLE INCOME, WOMEN MANAGE TO SAVE 10 TO 15 PERCENT OF THEIR EARNINGS.
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Measuring our impact.
rigorous evaluation by leading experts.
The Center for Global Development in partnership with the World Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab has rigorously evaluated the impact of our BWC Tanzania program using a randomized controlled trial (RCT). The evaluation measured the impact of both the mobile savings product and the business training intervention on business outcomes such as income, revenue, assets and savings.
Through this RCT, we determined that mobile savings and business skills training can drive increased investment by women in their businesses, leading to improved incomes and economic empowerment. The results of this evaluation provide valuable learnings for the development community on the potential for mobile savings for business women in developing countries.
Our strategy is woman-centered.
As Entrepreneurs, as learners, as agents of change.
Mobile Savings Promotion: female micro-business owners receive training on basic financial literacy and the activation and use of Vodacom's M-Pawa service, a mobile savings and loan product in Tanzania. Through M-Pawa, these business women will have the ability to open and operate a savings account through their mobile phone, earn interest and receive microloans.
Business Skills Training: As a follow-up to the mobile savings training, 2,000 female micro-business owners participate in weekly business trainings which focus on business expansion and profitability, personal and professional efficiency, finance and record-keeping, entrepreneurship and business planning.
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