A main interim finding of the research project on Empowering female Ugandan entrepreneurs is that many female rural entrepreneurs are hampered by lack of financial and technical resources and limited knowledge and skills about procurement, production and marketing. Due to their restricted social circle, they also do not have the strategic contacts that could be mobilized to provide them with a leg up. This situation constrains rural female entrepreneurs’ capacity to access markets that offer growth potential for their businesses. A possible solution is the establishment of a local resource centre – an easily accessible local hub where entrepreneurs can obtain information, establish contacts and be referred to for professional assistance. As a field experiment, two resource centres are now being set up in two small towns.

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