Newsroom > Blog
Results from a 5-year, innovative finance project in Ethiopia
- Reached and surpassed the project’s ultimate outcome indicator by supporting 6,744 jobs over the course of the project, on the target of 5,000, of which 4,070 or 60% are held by women.
- Realized a financing leverage ratio of 9.7x by supporting Ethiopian SMEs in attracting $79.6M CAD of financing, exceeding the project target of $52.5M. Of this, $19.1M or 24% was attracted by women-led businesses.
- Designed and developed the Women-Owned Business Investment Fund (Women’s Fund) specifically for investing in women-owned SMEs, trapped in Ethiopia’s financing missing middle. The fund invested in Queen of Sheba, a partner of Travel Ethiopia; an eco-minded tour and safari operator that has a deep commitment to Ethiopia’s environment, wildlife and community development.
- Successfully trained and graduated:
- Five cohorts of The Exec’s Program, graduating 93 executives, of which 44 (47%) are women. 93 exceeds the project target of 75.
- Five cohorts of The CFO100 Program, graduating 130 finance professionals, of which 50 (39%) are women, exceeding the project target of 100.
- Facilitated in-person and online private equity investment seminar incubator training sessions, attended by 1,238 SME business owners and representatives, of which 433, or 35% are women. This result exceeds the project target of 650 by nearly double.
- Expanded the Impact Angel Network (IAN) into Canada by training potential investors on the opportunities of investing in Ethiopian SMEs, engaging with local angel groups and ultimately registering an additional 93 members over the course of the project, of which 19 are Canadian (20%).
- Due to an increased focus on gender equality, the team developed the Women in Finance (WIF) peer to peer support series during the second year of the project, aimed at energizing and empowering women finance professionals and executives in Ethiopia who face cultural and professional barriers. 10 total events were facilitated, in various formats and settings, and were attended by 328 women.
- Launched an edutainment platform known as Chigign, aimed at raising awareness of and building interest in entrepreneurship and angel investing in Ethiopia. The TV series was broadcast on national television (FANA TV), and involves entrepreneurs looking to raise seed capital pitching their ideas to a panel that includes RENEW’s Laura Davis and other local angel investors. This program, which started as a concept under ABG, has reportedly been viewed by 40 million watchers. RENEW recently partnered with the World Bank’s Gender Innovation Lab to design a research program to measure Chigign’s content to optimize it and increase female participation in the entrepreneurial ecosystem.