Our shared vision: Providing safe food, promoting healthy living and working towards a sustainable planet.
Women’s Business Centres (WBCs) are a women-led social enterprise model for sustainable development – working for the economic, social, political and environmental empowerment of women in Bangladesh, Nigeria, Kenya, and Malawi.
Through the Women’s Business Centres, women entrepreneurs who have started individual businesses are supported through cooperation with other women to position themselves as role models and change agents for inclusive transformation of their communities.
Each Women’s Business Centre is designed as a “one-stop shop” that welds social marketing and outreach with local products and facilitated services that open up new opportunities for their communities and support robust circular economies.
"When women lead, they care the most for their community. Men care too, of course, but women care for others the most. This is not a criticism of men but a method of communication that is led by women and understood by women. This is then the role of women led enterprise: to work together and to benefit together."
-Margret, Rural Woman Entrepreneur
Products and Services
The products and services provided by a WBC vary depending on community demand and the skills and visions of the women entrepreneurs involved. Products and services typically include, but are not limited to:
Agroecological input supplies and trainings
Seasonal agroecological products
Information and communication technology services
Nutrition promotion and monitoring
Behaviour change communication
Digital health services
WBC entrepreneurs deploy outreach and behaviour change communication as a marketing tool for a wide range of products and services that support equitable health, wellbeing, and inclusion within their communities .
Individual centres often provide numerous products and services:
Beginning in 2022, Women's Business Centres are growing beyond Bangladesh, bringing a contextually-tailored approach to women-led social enterprise to women's groups in Kenya, Malawi and Nigeria. In each context, women entrepreneurs are using a collaborative development approach to chart a vision for their cooperative enterprise, assess and respond to their unique market demands, and create a lasting vision for inclusive development.