Enclude has had the pleasure to work with CASE i3 student co-chair Evelyn Powery on the initial stages of a forthcoming addition to our suite of tools that support financial institutions to reach their goals working with their female clients. The CASE i3 Fellowship allows practitioners to engage MBA students on real-world challenges related to the diverse field of impact investing.
Evelyn shares why the project attracted her interest:
“Enclude’s Gender Team works with financial institutions, companies and social enterprises to more effectively serve women clients. … Why is this focus on women so important? Women entrepreneurs lead one-third of all small and medium enterprises (SME) in developing countries. However, only 16-18% of SME lending goes to women-led enterprises, leaving a gap that Enclude is hoping to help its clients fill. As we look at the barriers that women face and ways that financial institutions can be more intentional about reaching women effectively, the goal is to help women-led enterprises grow stronger, making the entire community stronger. To get there, we will need to see collaboration between lenders, entrepreneurs, capacity-builders, government agencies, and advisory firms like Enclude.”
Check out more of Evelyn’s observations on the CASE Blog.