PME NG to launch women-focused electronic marketplace Ebi Marketplace
Created to bridge the gap in access to finance for women, impact investing platform, SME.NG is set to launch an electronic market platform with the aim of empowering businesses owned women with economic opportunities and business sustainability tools against the negative effects of the pandemic and economic downturn.
The platform, which is slated to launch in August, will help overcome the barriers women entrepreneurs currently face in Nigeria, as digital solutions offer a new avenue not only to address issues of access to finance, but also to generate revenue. business links for women entrepreneurs.
In addition to its all-female “She Works Here” accelerator and the “Ebi Fund” for women entrepreneurs in Nigeria, SME.NG provides this electronic marketplace solution to provide access to finance, markets and financial inclusion for women. women. – businesses owned. Since its launch, SME.NG has sought to empower and improve the livelihoods of women in the SME ecosystem.
Commenting on the purpose of the Ebi Market platform, SME.NG Managing Director Ms. Thelma Ekiyor said:
“This year, due to the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen fit to empower Nigerian businesses to help them thrive. With SME.NG at the helm of providing Nigerian women entrepreneurs the opportunity to grow their businesses through financial services, business opportunities, advisory services, mentoring and networking and much more, we will continue to provide them with opportunities. entrepreneurial opportunities to create wealth and support their livelihood.
The Ebi Marketplace platform will be Nigeria’s first safe and user-friendly electronic marketplace platform for women. The platform will also feature a Nigerian SME directory with industry and location labels to expand the reach of products and services across Nigeria and beyond. The Ebi market will be all inclusive and will offer a one-stop information portal on opportunities for women entrepreneurs.
The platform will provide women entrepreneurs and their customers with a unique and seamless online commerce and shopping experience. It also includes features that will help drive sales and increase income for women-owned businesses, as well as provide other resources that will allow women-owned businesses to thrive.
The Ebi marketplace will officially go live on August 1. Interested women entrepreneurs can register to become sellers on the website and the app will also be available for download.