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Empowering women: uncovering financial inclusion barriers

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Microfinance plays a significant role in providing sustainable livelihoods to disadvantaged groups all over the world. The provision of loans, savings and payment products for the underserved and unbanked populations is critical to promoting inclusive finance.

Research shows that over 70% of beneficiaries of the financial inclusion agenda are women. The gender impact of microfinance is therefore a highly debated subject and industry experts are calling for greater insights in this field.

EY is committed to supporting entrepreneurship and women’s empowerment. Beyond their commercial offerings, they are bringing together microfinance practitioners to share knowledge on the challenges and opportunities relevant to improving financial inclusion.

This report details practical tips and insights gained from interviews with leading experts in microfinance as shown in Section 5.

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