There is a growing body of evidence that gender equity is profitable for investment and makes a strong business case. However, the role of gender while investing is highly contextual and can be different in different markets. In India, rural women lack access to services, opportunities, and resources including affordable finance. There could be exclusion at family, society, and systems level. There is an absence of a conducive ecosystem for women entrepreneurs.
There are opportunities to invest in women entrepreneurs, and through using a gender lens in investing, the funders and investors can contribute to gender equity and a more equitable world while reaping good returns on their investment.
- Examine the issues of access to resources and opportunities for women
- Examine the need for creating an ecosystem for women micro-entrepreneurs
- Impact of using gender leans while investing
|About the Speakers|
Senior Program Manager, Plan International, India
Charu Anand has over 25 years of experience in the development sector. She is currently working with Plan India as Senior Programme Manager overseeing programmes in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.
State Manager Delhi, Plan International, India
Ruchi Chaudhary has over 18 years of experience in the development sector. She is currently working with Plan India as State Manager, Delhi.
Head of Innovation and Special Projects, Mann Deshi Mahila Sahkari Bank Ltd.
Vandana Bhansali is Head of Innovation and Special Projects at Mann Deshi. In this key leadership role, she spearheads India’s first ever Social Impact Fund for Women Micro Entrepreneurs in India, initiated by Mann Deshi. She also serves as advisor to Mann Deshi Kisan Producer Company, an organization that is operated by and serves women farmers.