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We are excited to share with you our 2014 Annual Report! We hope you enjoy reading about our work , which has reached over 118,000 women entrepreneurs in more than 80 countries across the world.
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Did you know that 2.5 billion people across the world don't have a bank account? And the majority of these people are women. It's time we put financial inclusion at the top the development agenda.
Approximately 2.5 billion people across the world do not have a bank account, the majority of whom are women. This means that, all too often, female entrepreneurs cannot access basic financial services....
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"A growing body of research into female entrepreneurs is raising more questions, as it points to a surprising phenomenon: When women are in charge, many opt to pay themselves lower salaries than do their male counterparts. And yet, the women entrepreneurs tend to be happier with their work."
New research shows that when women are in charge, they tend to pay themselves lower salaries than their male counterparts.
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Sandra Ramses, owner of YallaYoga, shares how her mentoring relationship through our Mentoring Programme with Jennifer Hurd, Bank of America Business Support Manager, was critical to the success of her business. 
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"Improving the status of women is crucial to tackling many of the challenges we face today, and bringing in their own income for their family is a powerful way for a woman to help achieve that. There’s an economic reason too why we need more women entrepreneurs. We will inevitably fail to achieve employment targets unless many more women have economic opportunities."
Cherie Blair: When you empower a woman, you empower an economy, a nation. This is because women – unlike men - invest 90 per cent of their income back into their families and communities.
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"Mobile phone-based services make moving money cheap enough to enable other financial innovations that improve the lives of the poor" says Jim Roth of Leapfrog Investments.
PEOPLE stream in as the doors to a massive stone building open. Guards in khaki uniforms wield ancient British rifles as men in crisp white dhotis and women in...
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Passionate about women's economic empowerment? Interested in working for an impactful and dynamic organisation? See our Current Vacancies and to join our team. 
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"In Indonesia, the number of women entrepreneurs has reached 60 percent of all our entrepreneurs — clearly women are on the right track to build their own economic independence and increase the family’s welfare."
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In the Middle East only 28% percent of adult women are economically active, however that number is quickly growing. 
Women are slowly but surely starting to play a leading part in some Middle Eastern economies, and a quiet economic evolution looks set to take place in the shadow of the region’s political revolutions.
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The Foundation team continues to grow! We are now hiring for three new positions - see our Current vacancies for more information.
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Read the inspiring story of our mentee Onty and her journey as an entrepreneur in Botswana.
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Tomorrow Cherie will be speaking on the importance of women's economic empowerment at the WIL Economic Forum in Dubai.
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In their circles
92 people
Have them in circles
259 people
Kristen Segura's profile photo
Robyn Vernon-Harcourt's profile photo
Hajar Ahmad's profile photo
Yuliana Alvarez's profile photo
chloe chen's profile photo
Eda Esiroglu's profile photo
GoPromotional's profile photo
Women's World Banking's profile photo
Anita Borg Institute's profile photo
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+44 (0) 207 724 3109
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PO Box 60519 London W2 7JU UK
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Supporting women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets
Introduction
The Cherie Blair Foundation for Women supports women entrepreneurs in developing and emerging markets so that they can contribute to their economies and have a stronger voice in their societies.