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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs: CBC’s Digital Financial Inclusion Training Program for MSMEs at Gisenyi Border

In the heart of CBC’s commitment to fostering a digital future in trade lies the Digital Financial Inclusion (DFI) Program for Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), with a particular focus on empowering women entrepreneurs. From the 8th to the 10th of August 2023, the bustling Gisenyi border between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo served as the vibrant backdrop for a transformative capacity-building workshop.

Empowering Women-Led MSMEs

This immersive three-day workshop brought together remarkable women-led MSMEs, predominantly from the agri-food industry, fostering an environment of learning, inspiration, and empowerment. The meticulously crafted training modules and vibrant discussions delved deep into the world of digitalization toolkits, equipping participants with the necessary skills for navigating the digital landscape.

Extending Knowledge Through E-Academy

The impact doesn’t end at the workshop’s conclusion; CBC’s commitment to knowledge dissemination continues through their e-academy. The training materials, meticulously designed and curated, are now available online, extending the opportunity for empowerment to even more entrepreneurs seeking success in the digital realm.

Supercharging Digital and Financial Literacy

The primary goal of the workshop was to supercharge the digital and financial literacy of these MSMEs, aiming to catalyze increased adoption of digital financial services. This empowerment paves the way for these entrepreneurs to actively engage in the dynamic intra-COMESA trade network, amplifying their access to markets and spotlighting the unique “Made in COMESA” products that define the region’s identity.

Driving Financial Inclusion Across COMESA

As CBC continues its mission to drive financial inclusion in underserved communities across the COMESA region, our platforms will continue to showcase stories of empowerment, innovation, and progress. By amplifying the voices and achievements of entrepreneurs, we aim to shine a light on the transformative impact of digital financial inclusion, heralding a future of inclusive and empowered commerce across borders.

Follow the DFI journey across our platforms for more inspiring narratives as we propel forward in our mission of fostering financial inclusion and empowerment across the COMESA region.