FUNDING

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National Empowerment fund is aimed at accelerating the provision of funding to businesses owned by black women. The NEF provides business loans from R250 000 to R75-million across all industry sectors, for startups, expansion and equity acquisition purposes.


 

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Alitheia IDF Managers - a pan-African SME fund that invests in innovative, growth stage SMEs that are women-led or gender balanced in the Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Masisizane Fund - SME owners operating in the manufacturing, franchising and agricultural sectors, can reach out to the Masisizane Fund to apply for a mix of grants, loans and technical support. This fund aims to enable women entrepreneurs to gain market access and create jobs. It also funds black-owned enterprises that are linked to clearly-defined Enterprise and Supplier Development Strategies of various corporate and government entities.

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Cartier Women’s Initiative - an annual international entrepreneurship programme that aims to drive change by empowering women impact entrepreneurs.

Twenty-one women entrepreneurs, three finalists per region (Latin America & the Caribbean, North America, Europe, Sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East & North Africa, East Asia, South Asia & Oceania) are awarded every year. A USD$ 100,000 grant is awarded to each of the 7 laureates (top businesses from each region); USD$ 30,000 grant is awarded to the 14 finalists (2nd and 3rd runner-up businesses from each region).