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Why Investing in Female Entrepreneurs Is the Best Way to Eliminate Poverty

On a recent trip to the Chibombo District in Zambia in April, I met Salima Lungu Nosiku. Salima is a highly successful Zambian entrepreneur working in agriculture. As we sat together in her shop, she shared her entrepreneurial journey with me. She started small. She rented a shop where she sold seeds, fertilizers, and agricultural equipment to farmers in her district. Although her dreams were big, her sales were not. Sleepless nights followed slow sales days. Knowing there could be more, Salima sought support. She invested her time in business and agricultural extension training from iDE. Armed with her passion,…
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Lizz Welch has been the CEO of iDE since 2019 after spending five years as the organization’s COO. She is an expert on gender-empowerment, monitoring and evaluation, finance, and economic growth and has more than 20 years of experience with designing solutions for challenging markets in Asia, Africa, and the ... Read more
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