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1 July 2016

Entrepreneurship & access to financial services

Self-employment in the informal sector is an important survival strategy for people with disabilities. Because of lack of access to education and formal employment, the informal sector is often their only refuge.

We recently conducted a small survey of disabled entrepreneurs in Rwanda and Uganda and discovered that they are highly motivated to make their businesses succeed but often lack basic entrepreneurial skills, such as bookkeeping or marketing . Lack of access to credit is another barrier. Like many other people in the informal sector, disabled entrepreneurs would benefit from business training and access to small loans. But there are barriers to their equal participation.

In the coming years, we will seek partnerships with private sector companies focusing on skills development and empowerment and support them to make their services accessible and include entrepreneurs with disabilities. We will start in East Africa and gradually expand to other countries and regions.

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