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Giving a Boost to Female Entrepreneurship in Brazil

April 27, 2021

Fifty percent of entrepreneurs in Brazil are women—but they face an uphill battle to keep their businesses open. Renata Malheiros Henriques, the National Coordinator for Women Entrepreneurship Projects at the Brazilian small business association Sebrae, wants to change this. Under Renata’s leadership, Sebrae launched a country-wide project called Sebrae Delas to support female entrepreneurship and encourage innovation—a mission that has only grown more important as the COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately pushes women from the workforce.

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Renata Malheiros Henriques

National Coordinator for Women Entrepreneurship Projects at SEBRAE

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