Europe

United Kingdom

Autsera

Autsera uses Virtual Reality technology to deliver social and communication training to autistic children hindered by social communication barriers. By learning these skills, they can better integrate and communicate, become more independent and less vulnerable. This effective, accessible, and affordable solution relieves a lot of stress and difficulty for the individuals as well as their families – especially mothers who are often responsible for a bigger share of the care responsibilities.

United Kingdom

Akojo Market

Akojo Market is an e-commerce platform and marketplace championing independent brands (mostly female-founded) operating sustainable and ethical manufacturing processes and business models. By giving their brands a route to market in the UK, they give opportunities and a dignified income for artisans and their families. They work alongside their brands by providing resources and guidance to help them grow their business, for example by improving their working conditions and financial viability.

Africa

Sweden, Denmark, Rwanda

Hive Online

Hive Online is a distributed community finance platform that enables financially excluded entrepreneurs (rural women in Africa) to gain access to credit and new markets. Built with blockchain technology, their solution provides a financial trust history based on facts and business actions. This reputation-based platform builds confidence for businesses, NGOs, merchants, and financial institutions to support small business ecosystems and offer them an alternative to the exorbitant prices of local lenders.

Kenya

Bidhaa Sasa

Bidhaa Sasa is a finance and last-mile distribution company offering a range of household goods that improve the quality of life of rural families – especially women. The products including solar lamps, efficient stoves and water tanks, are chosen to save users time, money and physical effort. To make these products more affordable, Bidhaa Sasa offers a credit system backed on group liability so that clients can pay in installments and goods are delivered directly to the customer’s door. They increase the accessibility of their products by harnessing the local networks of the women’s lending groups to commercialise their products and spread the word.

Uganda

Zoora

Zoora is a digital platform for members of VSLAs (Village Savings and Loan Association) to access both training, a safe record keeping tool, and access to agricultural inputs. They educate these women on how to self-tutor using mobile phones. Equipping these women with skills as well as helping them store their data is the premise of them getting loans from financial institutions and being able to build up their livelihoods. They offer agricultural inputs as a form of credit as well which is another way in which these women can start building up wealth.

Asia & Middle East

United Arab Emirates

Nabta Health

Nabta Health is a hybrid healthcare company combining digital and traditional methods to improve the health outcomes for women in the identification and management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs). Nabta’s first care pathway supports women in identifying and managing Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (a hormonal disorder responsible for 70% of female fertility issues) through fertility tracking and monitoring, at-home testing, virtual consultations, and a machine-learning driven personal assistant named Aya.

Pakistan

SheKab

SheKab is a monthly carpooling app especially and carefully designed for professional women in Pakistan to travel freely on fixed schedules. Harassment on public transport is a major issue in Pakistan and limits women’s mobility and freedom. This subscription-based service is a safe, reliable and affordable way for women to move freely while the cab drivers earn a stable monthly income with just a few hours of driving a day. The drivers are trained and interviewed to ensure safety.

Latin America

Chile

ProyectoMoms

ProyectoMoms is an online platform and community that connects professional women to companies that are hiring. They are helping companies create a flexible work culture within their companies to be able to hire women that do not want to choose between their families and their careers. With the help of their algorithm, they can identify the best talent for each position in seconds – helping corporates hire the right candidate and increase their diversity. ProyectoMoms empower women to return to their careers after becoming a mother, to combine their family life with developing their skills and achieving economic independence.

Brazil

Mete a Colher

Mete a Colher supports Brazilian women who are victims of domestic violence. Their Tina platform is a service bought by corporates who want to provide their female employees a way of accessing guidance and professional support when they experience any kind of violence at home. Through an anonymous chat, an employee can have a conversation with a social worker and psychologist. When necessary, they forward it to the relevant support centers or police departments. Tina professionals oversee the evolution of the case with the victim as well as the support networks.