Lionesses of Africa Founder and CEO, Melanie Hawken, in conversation with Dr Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Chairperson of New Faces, New Voices, Rwanda Chapter

The issue of access to finance and with it access to new markets is one that is spoken about often as a key challenge for women entrepreneurs in Africa. As a result, there is increasing recognition that impact investing, with a specific focus on empowering women, is a powerful catalyst for both economic gain and positive social change. Women’s funds exemplify a unique social change model, demonstrating that investing in women and girls achieves lasting returns for families, communities and nations. This gender lens investment model works because the focus for that investment is on women’s own solutions to critical challenges.

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