SMART & SAVVY WOMEN is an international trade capacity building company. We provide export and business development services to African women exporters in the Fashion, Textile & Clothing industry. Smart & Savvy Women was founded to contribute to international trade becoming more inclusive for African Women exporters and entrepreneurs.
African women exporters disproportionately face two intricately intertwined market access barriers: access to finance and the ability to meet product compliance, in their target export market. Our capacity building services aim to demystify and simplify the process of product compliance and accessing requisite finance. We support our clients through four integrated access pillars to: Finance, Information, Skills and Market.
Josephine C. M. Faal
Founder & CEO
To contribute to the growth and quality of African women-owned and women-led export businesses, through improved access to finance, product compliance and international business acumen.
We believe fashion is central to the world’s global culture. Connecting South, East and West cultures, we look for creative and fast-forward fashion trends of multi-cultural and ethnic influences. Diversity, variations, and inclusivity in fashion choices across ethnic groups is central to our business. With this exquisite mix of fashion blend, we support fashion entrepreneurs to achieve global standards in style, grace, and elegance.
All our team members are seasoned and driven independent specialists in their field. Together, we have a unique combination of skills and bring decades of hands-on experience. We are passionate about the development of African women entrepreneurship and inclusive global trade. We promote access to finance and product compliance as the two most fundamental, sustainable, and competitive drivers, in helping African women exporters access UK and EU markets.
The Smart & Savvy Women Advisory Board Members is made up of a global brain power of high-level executives with impressive backgrounds and experience. They are committed to inclusive trade and improved access to finance for African women entrepreneurs.