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Unequal Ventures: Results from a Baseline Study of Gender and Entrepreneurship in East Java, Indonesia

Evidence-based Report Series on Women’s Economic Empowerment

Mayra Buvinic , James C. Knowles and Firman Witoelar
April 30, 2018
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A study of women and men business owners in East Java offers a unique opportunity to analyze characteristics of entrepreneurs and their businesses by gender for a country where such systematic data are scarce. The study is one of two randomized controlled trials launched in 2015 to assess the power of mobile savings and training for women entrepreneurs. This report details baseline results from the Indonesia trial, still under way, which is testing whether providing financial literacy training for women who are potential bank clients and varying financial incentives to bank agents promoting a new mobile savings product make a difference in increasing  entrepreneurs’ uptake of formal savings and in improving economic outcomes. Short-term results of the other trial, in Tanzania, were reported in the first report in this series.

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