West African women in trade

#EntrepreneuriElle is an online campaign showcasing the work of the Trade Hub through the lens of women entrepreneurs whose business activities have been supported by the project. Click on an image to open.

News on West African women in trade

  • Shea champion Rahama Wright shares business tips with female entrepreneurs

    May 8, 2017
    The Trade Hub attended the fourth Women’s Entrepreneurship Forum at the Andrew Young Center in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire on April 27, joining over 54 participants, including women entrepreneurs in the agriculture and apparel sectors. Speaker Ms. Rahama Wright, founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Shea Yeleen, particularly captivated the audience as she shared her ...
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  • Your packaging is your ambassador, women entrepreneurs learn at workshop

    May 3, 2017
    Thirty female entrepreneurs from Benin, Burkina Faso and Togo joined their Ghanaian counterparts to learn how to add value and better market their products at an April 25-26 workshop on proper packaging. The Trade Hub’s workshop for members of the African Women’s Entrepreneurship Program (AWEP) was also livestreamed to members in Liberia. Led by Mr. Raymond ...
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  • Partners step up at fifth cereals exchange in Mali

    March 20, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Trade Hub builds capacity of regional organization for long-term sustainability

    March 7, 2017
    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 Fédérations ...
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  • The MAGIC-al ingredient: Persistence

    March 7, 2017
    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 Africa ...
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  • Trade Hub launches #EntrepreneuriElle ahead of International Women’s Day

    March 7, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Leading Ivorian shea association plans better branding and communications

    February 27, 2017
    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 creation ...
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  • Readying financial access program for small women-owned businesses in Côte d’Ivoire

    February 13, 2017
    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 consultant ...
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  • Burkinabe mango exporter receives crates to boost post-harvest quality

    January 30, 2017
    Rose Eclat, a mango processer that exports dried mangoes from Burkina Faso to several European countries, received 1,050 harvesting plastic crates valued at $15,000 under a Trade Hub grant. The crates, presented on January 20, will help transport mangoes from various growers to the factory for cleaning and drying prior to being exported. “We believe that the ...
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  • Niger livestock cooperative creates market opportunities for women

    January 30, 2017
    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 ...
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  • Social media campaigns spotlight Trade Hub activities

    January 19, 2017
    On Jan. 13, the Trade Hub launched a 10-day #didyouknow campaign to guide stakeholders to recently published fact sheets. In January and February, we will promote Hub-supported apparel companies to buyers attending the Sourcing at MAGIC trade show, and feature women’s roles in expanding West African trade. For more information, visit us on Facebook or ...
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  • Access to Finance Gender Strategy launches in Côte d’Ivoire, opens financing for Ivorian women-owned businesses

    December 20, 2016
    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 ...
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  • Getting the prices right: AGOA workshop in Abidjan teaches entrepreneurs accurate cost accounting

    December 5, 2016
    Fifteen representatives of small and medium businesses from the Ivorian agricultural sector attended a Nov. 23 workshop on setting prices by correctly accounting for costs. It was the latest in a series of Trade Hub-funded workshops to promote export-readiness, particularly under the U.S. African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) preferential trade agreement, hosted by Cote ...
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  • Women-owned businesses in Burkina Faso continue to thrive under the Hub’s Access to Finance Strategy

    November 28, 2016
    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 ...
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  • New facilities for Hub’s Ivorian AGOA Trade Resource Center

    November 22, 2016
    In Côte d’Ivoire, the Hub’s AGOA Trade Resource Center (ATRC) has new space designated for trainings at the YALI Andrew Young Center for Entrepreneurship, thanks to the U.S. Embassy and the USAID regional mission there. On November 17, 32 company managers and processors gathered at the new premises to attend a training session on U.S. Food ...
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