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Gambela Women Entrepreneur’s Association established

Women entrepreneurs represent an important economic potential not only in terms of their own labor but also in their potential to create jobs for other women. Women’s financial resources make their entrepreneurship a promising strategy to pursue in order to spur growth of the private sector. Improving women’s employment opportunities is one of the key indicators of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

The Ethiopian Women Entrepreneurs Association (EWEA), a long-time partner of the Fredrich Ebert Stiftung, had established Regional Women Entrepreneurs Associations (RWEA) in most of Ethiopia’s regions – except Gambela, a region where women entrepreneurs face various challenges such as poor working premises, lack of working capital, market access restrictions and a generally hostile business environment.

At the beginning of September 2017, the Ethiopian Women Entrepreneur’s Association (EWEA) established their regional association that will help to overcome these challenges with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

The head of the Gambela Trade Bureau, Mr. Chol Mabire welcomed initiative and promised to boost EWEA’s kickstart activities with a full office supply and necessary political backup. The Director for the Women and Youth Affairs in the Ministry of Trade, Ms. Elizabeth Beyene, presented possible strategies for successful advocacy and lobbying.

With this foundation, the once considered man’s domain entrepreneurship in Ethiopia, is now widely embarked by women in Gambela. The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung is proud to have supported that remarkable event.