Entrepreneurship appears to be a fundamental element of economic and social development. In Burkina Faso, women represent 51% of the population, while their contribution to development through entrepreneurship remains miniscule. In fact of the 51,580 official businesses created in 2012, only 4,527 were managed by women, less than 9%1. 21% of business owners are women, according to the National Economic and Social Development Plan PNDES 2016-2020. The fact that this figure is so low is due to several obstacles: lower levels of literacy, training and qualification, as well as greater difficultly accessing financing.
1National strategy to promote women's entrepreneurship - 2016