Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

Fifty West African buyers and sellers (including nearly 30 women) from Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Guinea gathered in Bamako, Mali, for the fifth cereals exchange organized by the Trade Hub in collaboration with the NGO Afrique Verte and the West African Grain Network (WAGN). The March 8-10 event offered a platform for producers and… Read More

Trade Hub builds capacity of regional organization for long-term sustainability

Four West African industry organizations, all Trade Hub grantees, learned best practices for attaining financial sustainability during three-day meetings with each organization held over a two and a half week period from February 10 to 28. The four organizations—Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), West African Grain Network (WAGN), Borderless Alliance (BA), and Confédération des… Read More

The MAGIC-al ingredient: Persistence

For Linda Ampah of KAD Manufacturing, one year has made all the difference in reaching U.S. buyers. She has ramped up international orders in addition to following up with contacts made at last year’s Sourcing at MAGIC tradeshow. Ms. Ampah first attended the world’s largest apparel show in February 2016 in Las Vegas, under the… Read More

Trade Hub launches #EntrepreneuriElle ahead of International Women’s Day

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, the #EntrepreneuriElle campaign celebrates West African women entrepreneurs working in apparel, mango, shea, livestock, and cereals as well as the Trade Hub’s work to expand access to finance for small women-owned businesses.  The website is available here, and individual stories are also available on Exposure.  [Please note that Exposure… Read More

Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

The Filiere Karite de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI) learned strategic steps at a February workshop in optimizing communication resources and building their brand as a leading association in the Ivorian shea value chain. With more than 2,000 members from rural women’s associations, FIKA-CI is working with an important network of traders and exporting companies. Since its… Read More

Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

The Trade Hub’s finance and investment specialists held a series of meetings from January 30 to February 3 with prospective beneficiaries of the Trade Hub’s Gender Access to Finance Strategy, soon to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire. Business Development Services Specialist Ms. Kafui Djonou, Finance and Investment Specialist Mr. Charles Adegnandjou and a local… Read More

Niger livestock cooperative creates market opportunities for women

In 2010, Madame Maïga approached the Niger Livestock Federation (FNGIP) with the idea of setting up a cooperative of women livestock fatteners to facilitate export. The result is the 98 woman strong Association Nigérienne des Femmes Emboucheuses, Eleveuses et Entrepreneures pour le Developpement (ANFED) drawn from all over Niger, whose main objective is to pool… Read More

Hub and Ivorian shea producer collaborate to strengthen its member services

Since September, the Trade Hub has supported the Filière Karité de Côte d’Ivoire (FIKA-CI), the Ivorian shea producers association, to strengthen its member services through direct communications support and to encourage members to pay their dues. On November 30, Jessie LaFourcade, met with the president of FIKA-CI, Fatoumata Camara, and general secretary, Edwidge Hammond to… Read More

Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

The Trade Hub officially extended its Access to Finance Gender Strategy to Côte d’Ivoire through a series of events from November 28-December 4 in Abidjan. NSIA Banque worked with the Trade Hub’s finance and investment Specialist, Charles Adegnandjou, to select 30 women entrepreneurs whose small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have a solid management structure, a… Read More

Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

As part of its Gender Access to Finance Strategy, the Trade Hub is working with women cereals processors in Burkina Faso to access streams of financing to grow their businesses. From November 7-19, the Hub’s Business Development Specialist, Kafui Djonou, met with these women in Ouagadougou and Bobo to assess how these loans have impacted… Read More

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