More women sprouts business in Africa


A drive to boost women entrepreneurship in all the 47 counties has been launched. A global organisation, Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, is financing a programme to increase the number of women owned businesses.

ANDE has given a grant of $50,000 through Enablis East Africa to the county jobs innovations facility. Under the project, Enablis will launch five virtual offices in the counties in partnership with small business support units that will act as a support network in the counties.

Enablis East Africa regional director Fredrick Kariuki said his organisation will provide back-office support to the network. The project is aimed at leveling the playing field for women through capacity building to enable them win government tenders.

The support will focus on assembling tender documents and raising finance to win such contracts. In line with the new Governance structure, County Governments have been given the primary responsibility for enterprise development. The government has directed 30 per cent of all contracts be reserved for women and youth.

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Kemi Wale-Olaitan

Kemi is a retired broadcaster from the service of Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria; while in service, she had her interest in women issues and had interviews with several notable women in the course of her duty as a producer in the service of the Federal government. Her interest in broadcasting was informed by her creative writing prowess; she has been very active in creative writing since her undergraduate days, and she has written a few fictional works in form of short stories and novel. Some of her short stories have appeared in anthologies of Short stories. Kemi was also very active in the establishment of the Women Writers Association of Nigeria (WRITA) and she served on its first Executive Council.

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