The Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce (ZNCC) in partnership with Washington based, Centre for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) have embarked on a survey to look at ways of promoting women entrepreneurs throughout the country, an official has said.
ZNCC research economist Kipson Gundani said the project seeks to improve women’s access to opportunity to establish businesses.
Gundani said ZNCC will be the technical partner while CIPE will provide the funding.
“We have just finished conducting a diagnostic study of the women entrepreneurs to establish the needs of women and have since identified associations we are going to work with on this programme,” said Gundani.
He said results of the survey have shown the need to capacitate women’s organisations and extend financial support.
CIPE has so far released $19 000 for purposes of research and logistical support.
The survey covered women entrepreneurs in Harare, Marondera, Kadoma, Gweru and Gwanda, amongst other areas.
Gundani said the country’s economy is characterised by varied forms of business hence the need to have a coordinated approach.
In an emailed response to NewsDay, Lars Benson, programme officer for Africa CIPE said: “We are going to discuss with ten associations how best to support their efforts by providing an association training programme for private sector associations.”
Benson said CIPE is an organisation that helps to build businesses and brings together a variety of assistance, practical experience, and financial support to local organisations to strengthen their capacity to implement democratic and economic reforms
According to the survey finance, access to information, operating environment were cited as major factors deterring factors to the emergence and growth of women in business.