Usaid East Africa Investment Trade Hub

In 2018, NFNV and EAITH collaborated on the Gender Lens Investing Workshop and Investor Showcase initiative to provide an investor readiness capacity building programme for women entrepreneurs in Tanzania aimed at improving bankability, providing an opportunity to engage with the investment community, build confidence and amplify business profiles.

The programmes overall objectives were to:
(i) Increase women’s access to finance and financial services through assisting women entrepreneurs become pitch ready;
(ii) Introduce women led businesses to investors with a gender lens;
(iii) Promote investment in women led businesses; and
(iv) Encourage regional interaction and trade.

The capacity building Workshop was followed by a Showcase where shortlisted entrepreneurs operating in agribusiness, retail, media, apparel, education and the creative industriespresented their businesses. Prospective investors had an opportunity to familiarisethemselves with elements of gender lens investing and assess the viability of the pipeline of businesses available for investment in the region.

The entrepreneurs received invaluable advice from the judging panel and investors including monitoring cash flow, being open to varioussources of finance and focusing on business growth.