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Selima Ahmad: More Than Microenterprise

Posted on the 18 November 2011 by Center For International Private Enterprise @CIPEglobal

In our final video for Global Entrepreneurship Week, Selima Ahmad tells the story of her struggles and successes as a woman entrepreneur in Bangladesh. “Although not all women can be entrepreneurs, many can be,” she says. But:

Entrepreneurs need resources [...]. Training and capacity building are very important for women entrepreneurs, as is access to finance and networking. Chambers and associations can play a greater part in providing these services, which also helps to bring women into the formal sector.

This is why Selima founded the Bangladesh Women Chamber of Commerce & Industry. “Our members say they were voiceless before they had their business adn nwo they understand the benefits of running their own business,” she says. “They say they have more mobility and more participation in decision-making,as well as more control over their own money.”

You can also read a full transcript of Selima’s remarks in this week’s Economic Reform Feature Service.

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