Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Blog

Fostering Conscious Inclusion in the Workplace

Aminata Mbaye, Deputy Chief of Party of the Trade Hub, Shares Her Thoughts and Experiences By Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist Aminata Mbaye is currently the Deputy Chief of Party (Grants and Administration) for the West Africa Trade & Investment Hub activity. With over 20 years of experience in international development, particularly for USAID-funded projects, Aminata […]

March 8, 2023
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Blog

Women-owned Businesses Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment in West Africa’s Agricultural Sector  

According to the Africa Development Bank (AFDB), women make up almost 50 percent of the agricultural labor force in sub-Saharan Africa. These women work primarily in smallholder production; however, they receive a significantly lower share of income in comparison to men in the same sub-sector. Factors ranging from age, ethnicity, religion, and disability are barriers […]

February 21, 2023
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

Upholding a Family Legacy of Empowered Female Entrepreneurs

By Fatima Datt, Communications Specialist Growing up as the youngest of five children, Salamba Diene saw early on the costs and sacrifices of running a family business; a business she felt she would take over one day. Salamba’s family was entrepreneurial, especially her mother, Adama Diop. She tried her hand in businesses ranging from waste […]

October 25, 2022
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Blog

Fonio: An Ancient Grain at the Center of Women’s Economic Inclusion  

By Akua Mensah, Communication Specialist In many rural areas in northern Ghana, two key issues intersect.   Nearly 35 percent 1 of land in Ghana is under threat of desertification, with much of this land located in the northern part of the country. In these areas, households depend heavily on agriculture for their livelihoods. Thus, land […]

October 18, 2022
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

L’impact d’une femme entrepreneure sur l’Eau, l’Assainissement et l’Hygiène

Lena Tall Faye contribue par l’assainissement à assurer la sécurité et la santé des communautés au Sénégal tout en développant son entreprise Delta S.A dans le cadre d’un partenariat avec le West Africa Trade & Investment Hub de l’USAID. Fatima Datt, Communication Specialist Étant l’aînée d’une famille de huit enfants, Lena Tall Faye ressent très […]

September 14, 2022
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

Koster Keunen boosting the benefits of beekeeping through smallholder training 

Twenty-one-year-old Waïba Agoro learned the basics of hive management and collecting honey and beeswax through her family’s beekeeping business. In her small farming community, Affem-Boussou, located in Togo’s Central Region, the income she generates from selling honey and beeswax provides a steady stream of income, especially in the dry season when money can be hard […]

July 25, 2022
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

WACOT Rice Farmer Builds Upon Her Father’s Legacy

By Habiba Suleiman, Project manager-WACOT Rice Impact investment aims at combining competitive financial returns with positive change for people and the environment. This underlies WACOT Rice’s growing interest in creating market opportunities for investments that support environmental and social goals. It is upon this foundation that WACOT Rice’s Trade Hub-supported rice out-grower program was established […]

July 4, 2022
Advancing Gender & Social Inclusion | Success Story

Weeding Out an Opportunity: Global Mamas supports one woman to increase her income and help her community

By Malik Abdoul, Marketing and Sales Manager, Global Mamas For over a decade, Ghana’s Volta River has been attacked by the water hyacinth, a type of invasive weed. Dubbed the “poison flower,” this fast-growing plant negatively impacts the ecology within the river and the economic potential of those who depend it for both food and […]

May 26, 2022
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