Want to empower women? Give them access to credit

Cherie Blair Foundation for Women CEO Sevi Simavi

The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women has focused their efforts on helping women entrepreneurs scale up their businesses.

So what recent trends in international development has the organization identified so women entrepreneurs achieve this goal?

In this video interview on the sidelines of the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting in New York, Devex’s Kelli Rogers asked Sevi Simavi, CEO of the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women.

Click on the above clip to learn why the organization is so focused on financial inclusion for women, why Semavi thinks banks should take women entrepreneurs more seriously as depositors and to give them access to credit, and how she deals with competition among foundations.

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