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Access to capital for Zimbabwean women entrepreneurs

Although women and youth make up the majority of the population in Zimbabwe, they are largely excluded from financial services.  The Zimbabwe Country Gender Assessment Report 2017  produced by FAO reports that about 86% of women in Zimbabwe depend on land for livelihood and food production for their families. 

The report further states that women continue to receive little financial support, even in sectors where they dominate, such as in the informal economy, micro and small-scale enterprises and agricultural production. Strides have been made for an inclusive financial sector through the introduction of Financial Inclusion Strategy by the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe. Find information below on where and how to find affordable finance:


Empower Bank (Zimbabwe)

Empower Bank provides social and financial solutions to the financially excluded population with a greater focus on the youth

Zimbabwe Women’s Microfinance Bank (ZWMB)

ZWMB provides access to affordable and innovative women-centred financial products and services

Women Development Fund

Addresses challenge of lack of collateral for women borrowers