Women Entrepreneurs Becoming Force in the Developing World

Sarah Robbins – Entrepreneur – Tuesday, 25 June 2013 (originally published 24 Jun)

Panel of mostly women
La Pietra Coalition. Image: Vital Voices

You may not have heard of the “The Third Billion” but you may one day feel their impact. The third billion is a term used to describe the billion women, mostly from emerging markets, who will join the global economy as employees, employers and entrepreneurs over the next decade.

From India to Turkey, women entrepreneurs are on the leading edge of this shift, poised to transform their local economies and, in doing so, change the world.

“We believe that women are tremendous, untapped investments that yield huge returns for entire communities,” says Natalie Byrne, director of global impact at skincare company Dermalogica. In 2010, Dermalogica and the nonprofit Kiva launched the Financial Independence Through Entrepreneurship (FITE) program to help women entrepreneurs start or grow their own businesses. To date, it has provided microfinance loans to 30,000 women across 68 countries . . .