Project profile — Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in Tunisia

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Economic Empowerment of Rural Women in Tunisia - Overview
ILO - International Labour Organization (XM-DAC-41302)
2018-12-17 - 2022-11-30
Country / region • Tunisia (100.00%)
Sector • Secondary Education
Vocational training (11330) (50.00%)
• Business And Other Services
Business Development Services (25030) (50.00%)
Policy marker • Participatory development and good governance (significant objective)
• Gender equality (principal objective)
• Urban issues (not targeted)
• Climate Change Adaptation (not targeted)
• Trade development (not targeted)
• ICT as a tool for development (not targeted)
• Biodiversity (not targeted)
• Indigenous Issues (not targeted)
• Children's issues (not targeted)
• Environmental sustainability (cross-cutting) (not targeted)
• Youth Issues (not targeted)
• Desertification (not targeted)
• Climate change mitigation (not targeted)
• Nutrition (not targeted)
• Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR) (not targeted)
• Disability (not targeted)
Description and results


The project aims to increase the level of economic empowerment of women in two targeted rural areas of Tunisia by strengthening women's entrepreneurship. The project aims to improve the capacities and skills of women entrepreneurs in both regions, facilitate their access to financial services and increase their income. The project activities include: (1) providing training and coaching to women entrepreneurs living in the two targeted rural regions to help them improve and formalize their businesses; and (2) identifying and coordinating the actions and programs of the various private and government actors to promote a more favourable environment for women entrepreneurs in the two targeted regions and at the national level. The project aims to raise awareness of entrepreneurship among 1,000 women in both rural regions, support and train 250 women who wish to start a business, formally register 120 of these businesses, and train and support 50 women with business projects in the consolidation of these businesses.

Expected results

The expected results of this project include: (1) rural women entrepreneurs increase their sales and income in two pilot regions; and (2) an entrepreneurial environment more conducive to the emergence and development of rural women entrepreneurs in two pilot regions.

Results achieved

The results achieved as of March 2021 include: 1) identified promising value chains as part of a regional diagnostic and development program; 2) analysed key value chains for the inclusion and promotion of rural women entrepreneurs; 3) developed two regional coordination mechanisms and action plans to develop the women's entrepreneurship ecosystem; 4) set up distribution channels; 5) trainined 30 coaches (of which at least 40% were women) in the two regions; 6) sensitized 1000 women in the two regions on entrepreneurship and related topics; 7) selected 250 rural women , accompanied and trained who wish to start a business, of which 120 businesses will then be formally registered; 8) trained and coached 50 female business owvers to help them consolidate or improve their businesses, as well as make them more formal if not yet the case; 9) conducted consultation for the development of a new innovative financial product in order to set up a savings-guarantee to facilitate access to loans for women entrepreneurs in rural areas; 10) realized a study allowing to identify the barriers and the best marketing solutions for the benefit of the women beneficiarie, leading to the fomulation of recommendation which include improved access to the marketing platform San3etna (which means "our trade"), the development of two sales points by the Regional Commissions of Agricultural Development, partners of the AFERE project located in Nabeul and Sfax.



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