Access to Markets - Rwanda
- 42% of enterprises in Rwanda are led by women.
- 58% of enterprises in the informal sector are women owned,
- 30% of the national GDP are women’s contribution
Leading sectors include
- trade and hospitality; and
- financial services
Though Rwanda's economy is still rural and dependent on agriculture
Strong growth in the services sector is emerging, particularly in construction and tourism. Services sector is contributing to the overall economic growth.
The Republic of Rwanda, as a member of the East Africa Community, has access to a regional market of over 172 million consumers. Rwanda is also a neighbor of the Democratic Republic of Congo which is not yet a member of the East African Community with a market size of approximately 35 million people.
Rwanda is also a neighbor of the Democratic Republic of Congo which is not yet a member of the East African Community with a market size of approximately 35 million people.
Women are many to enter into business with creative ideas, breaking even into male dominated sectors such ICT. This is attributed to the gender sensitive public policies in place.
It is however important to continue supporting women. According to the UN, once women enter into business, they start battling existing hidden barriers such us lack of access to finance, inadequate information and weaker networks.