For the young women at Moving the Goalposts (MTG) – our Kenya-based partner that promotes gender equality through football – a love of sport is not the only thing that unites them. Speaking with many of the players, their shared ambition to achieve entrepreneurial success is overwhelmingly striking. Nurtured by MTG’s support, many of the players have set up ‘Savings Groups’ to incubate the skills and capital they need to assist them on their business journeys.
For many women in rural Ghana, entrepreneurial ambitions are all too regularly crushed by unequal access to banks and investment. Over the last six years, we’ve been supporting groups of women to revolutionise their own ability to kick-start enterprise, by setting up Village Savings groups.