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ABOUT US

WHO WE ARE

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 faal

“Product compliance is an aspect of
your export journey that is intricately interwoven
with your ability to access finance.
Accurate and strategic market intelligence
on product compliance is the backbone
of your export plan and the holy grail
of small business export finance.”

Josephine C. M. Faal
Founder & CEO

Our mission

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.

DIVERSITY & INCLUSIVITY

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.

OUR TEAM

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.

ADVISORY BOARD

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.

Lesley Batchelor
Lesley BATCHELOR OBE
COO & Commercial Director Open Borders Direct
Charity C. Lumpa
Charity C. LUMPA
Leadership & Executive Coach
Ebrima Faal
Ebrima FAAL
Founder & CEO Procure Africa
Dr. Ana
Dr. Ana RONCHA
Strategic Fashion Marketing Expert
Tobias Becker
Tobias BECKER
Founder at Challenges4.biz
peter olowononi
Peter OLOWONANI
Head, Client Relations, Anglophone West Africa (Afreximbank)

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