Investing in women's future has been a topic that is not covered in sufficient length around the internet. Countless numbers of countries continue to minimize the rights of women and that stifles both economic growth and hinders a democratic global society where people are considered on equal footing once the starting gates open.
In countries like Tanzania, women are beginning to get a taste of how simple investments of time and energy really pay off. Tanzania has been active in providing training classes such as basic business skills, management, marketing, economics and additional value added skills resources that have helped numerous women that were in the grips of poverty develop some income through new activities and businesses. One of their main markets is delivering products or services to tourists such as hotel reservations.
Of course, even in situations like that of Tanzania, there are challenges that still exist. Finding a reliable source of clientele seems to be one of the bigger obstacles. But like any country willing to make changes, this one also could benefit from continued support of women within their country by continued mentorship and courses to develop the skills to become successful in that marketplace.
Afghanistan is another success story for women entrepreneurs. After the massive change in political standards over the past 10 years, women have become much more active in the world of business. One of their biggest customers during that time was the United States military. But as the troops have already begun drawing down, the challenge to find a new source of clientele became increasingly more difficult. It seems however, that they have found a potential customer that is anxious for Afghan products. India has a huge customer base which has recently experienced significant economic growth, and today with the help of international organizations geared towards women entrepreneurs, the Afghan women are looking to get new clients and training in India.
It has recently been reported that almost 200 million women worldwide were either running businesses or launching them as of 2010. This number is incredible assuming that the number would have been much lower just a couple of decades ago. Mentoring and accountability appear to be one of the more important aspects of growing and sustaining this upward trend. If you have already attained success as a woman entrepreneur, please consider mentoring some of the women from developing countries. With the advent of social platforms like Twitter, Facebook and Skype, communication can be free and there are so many women out there looking for someone to bounce ideas off of who have a track record of success.
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