Mobile Financial Services: Opportunities for Women Entrepreneurs

USAID in partnership with the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women and network operator Millicom International Cellular S.A. announces an innovative project that will bring mobile financial services to women entrepreneurs throughout Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. Over a period of 18 months, this partnership will provide over 4,000 women with business skills training and valuable opportunities to increase their income through mobile retail channels.

Mobile Financial Services: Opportunities for women entrepreneurs

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, Millicom International Cellular (Tigo) and USAID launch an innovative project to bring opportunities for women entrepreneurs in Tanzania, Rwanda and Ghana. The partnership gives an opportunity to empower women through mobile technology by providing 4,000 women with business skills training and valuable opportunities to increase their income through mobile retail channels over a period of 18 months. The women involved will have access to a 12-month working capital loans for their mobile money businesses. This will be distributed to the women entrepreneurs through Millicom’s mobile financial services platform called TigoCash. The initiative will deliver financial literacy and business development trainings for the women entrepreneurs, to support them in managing their loan repayments and their mobile money agent business.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

    Funding Agencies
    United States | Staff size: Unknown

    USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

    U.S. foreign assistance has...

  • Cherie Blair Foundation for Women

    United Kingdom | Staff size: 26-50

    The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women is based in London with a global reach and it is run by a dedicated team overseen by a board of trustees.

    The charity was set up in 2008 in response...

  • Millicom International Cellular S.A.

    Service Providers
    Luxembourg | Staff size: 10,000+

    Millicom provides affordable, widely accessible and readily available prepaid cellular telephony services to more than 30 million customers in 13 emerging markets in Latin America and Africa...


    Investment & Finance
    Cameroon | Staff size: Unknown

    EB-ACCION Microfinance, a unique microfinance partnership between Accionl and Ecobank, a pan-African bank covering 29 countries across the continent. The bank offers microfinance services...

  • Equity Bank

    Investment & Finance
    Kenya | Staff size: Unknown

    We exist to transform the lives and livelihoods of our people socially and economically by providing them modern, inclusive financial services that maximize their...

  • FINCA International

    Investment & Finance
    United States | Staff size: 251-500

    FINCA provides financial services to the world's lowest-income entrepreneurs so they can create jobs, build assets and improve their standard of living. FINCA is an anti-poverty organization...

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Key Information

LocationEastern Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ghana
  • Start Date 2012
  • End Date 2014
  • Sectors