Women's Economic Empowerment Kenya

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As part of CBI's 2021-2025 strategy, this is the first project with gender as a starting point instead of a specific sector in a particular country. CBI developed this project to contribute to creating decent jobs for women, promote female entrepreneurship, and enhance the role of women in management positions. This project focuses on Kenya.

We are now looking for private and public Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) in Kenya that facilitate exports, to participate in this project. As a participating TSI, you will: 

  • receive technical support and coaching on how to make your business processes and your advisory services more gender inclusive;
  • influence positive change in export facilitation services for women entrepreneurs;
  • gain networking opportunities with like-minded institutions.

As a first step, you will take part in an assessment. This participation will allow us to start evaluating the gender responsiveness of TSIs like yours. The aim is to better support women entrepreneurs in scaling their businesses and expanding into international markets.

Express your interest via the button below. The deadline for this is 12 April 2024. Please use "WEE Kenya Participation TSIs" as the subject of your e-mail. You will receive more information immediately after your expression of interest. 

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Project goals

In Kenya, women entrepreneurs face many issues. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Lack of skills and knowledge;
  • Difficulty accessing networks, information, finance and services;
  • Policy, rules and regulations: most women-owned businesses are not registered; and
  • Working conditions.

This project aims to empower women entrepreneurs and employees. It will do this by improving the availability of gender-specific support services. This will result in business growth, increased exports to the European Union (EU) and regional markets, and more decent employment opportunities for women.


Specifically, this project aims to:

  • Improve access to finance and related services for women entrepreneurs;
  • Improve access to markets and related services for women entrepreneurs;
  • Improve gender-responsive service delivery for grassroots women entrepreneurs;
  • Deliver a functional Women's Economic Empowerment ecosystem with a unified voice to promote exports from women-led enterprises; and
  • Improve the sustainability practices of women-led enterprises.

Project activities

To achieve these goals, the project focuses on:

  1. Increased coordination in the women's economic empowerment (WEE) ecosystem;
  2. Improved, gender-responsive service delivery for women entrepreneurs;
  3. Improved lobby and advocacy;
  4. Business export coaching for 'missing middle' women-owned businesses; and
  5. Support for extra pilot projects that contribute to business growth (export) and decent job creation.

During the project's inception phase, which started in 2021, CBI will further design and validate interventions together with key stakeholders. This includes an evaluation of the gender responsiveness of Trade Support Institutions (TSIs) that facilitate exports.

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CBI invites public and private TSIs that facilitate exports to participate in the assessment and contribute to fostering gender-responsive business development processes. Share your insights and experience, by participating in a survey and joining in a focused discussion. 


Are you a TSI and would you like to contribute to the development of more supportive and gender-responsive export facilitation services? Express your interest by 12 April 2024 and receive further details. 

You can send any questions to the same email address: services@cbi.eu.

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