What Does It Mean to Be a Woman Entrepreneur in the Democratic Republic of Congo?

STORY HIGHLIGHTSInternally displaced people receiving professional training

  • As a fragile state, the Democratic Republic of Congo is home to two different types of women entrepreneurs — necessity and growth-oriented.
  • Key challenges faced by women entrepreneurs include limited access to finance, lack of support services, inadequate regulations, social prejudices, disproportionate family responsibilities, and lower rates of education.
  • Gender-focused reforms, a growing leasing market, and a new generation of training programs targeting women entrepreneurs can contribute to promoting a vibrant and supportive environment for entrepreneurs in the country.

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