SheTrades: Promoting SME Competitiveness in Kenya

Women make up almost half of Kenya’s labour force, yet they remain on the margins of business ownership – only 9% of Kenya’s firms are majority women-owned.

Kenyan women entrepreneurs say they need better access to loans, business registries, patents, quality certifications and affordable internet access to address the gap, according to this new ITC SME Competitiveness Survey of women-owned businesses in Kenya’s services sector. The survey was carried out as part of the SheTrades initiative to connect one million women to markets by 2020.