Words of wisdom: "We don't need other people to donate to us. I am here. I am working. I am capable to establish what we need in my country along with other women. You just need to be willing to work!"
Nigest Haile, Founder & Executive Director, Center for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE)
Nigest is an activist in the promotion of women entrepreneurs, with particular focus to women exporters, both existing and potential/emerging exporters. She has 23 years experience working in the Ethiopian Ministry of Trade and Industry, at different capacities, where in the last 13 years of her position as Head of the Women's Affairs Department in the Ministry, she was able to work on proposing policy ideas and recommendations for the creation of a conducive and women entrepreneurs friendly business environment.
In 2004, she founded the Center for African Women Economic Empowerment (CAWEE), the only NGO working in the country, providing capacity building support service targeting women exporters.
In conducting different kinds of action oriented research, focusing on women in business, Nigest is actively involved, and recently was able to publish a book compiling the findings of challenges affecting women in business. Read more