In Ecuador, 65 per cent of women are affected by gender-based violence. This has far-reaching consequences: violence against women costs the Ecuadorian economy around USD 4.6 billion every year. In order to change this, GIZ is putting women entrepreneurs in the forefront in a develoPPP project with the development-focused private bank Banco ProCredit. As part of the Business Development & Prevention of Violence against Women training programme, 60 women learned about better business management and violence prevention. They were also able to share their own experiences in a safe space.
‘If I start a business, it must support women’
Three questions for entrepreneur María Fernanda Ávila about her company and her motivation to do something to counter violence against women in Ecuador
Interview: Klaus Ehringfeld Illustration: Julian Rentzsch