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Empowering Women Entrepreneurs in Morocco through Microfinance

William Marshall Rice University School of Social Sciences in Partnership with Silatech

In a turbulent world of political conflict and social unrest, young people have fallen prey to poverty, unemployment, and marginalization. During all this, it has become essential to find innovative solutions to the problem’s youth are facing. There is an urgent need to not only prevent the problems but to eliminate them entirely to help young people take control of their future and influence their communities positively. A student team from Rice University will carry out research focused on micro-finance and methods for empowering women-led businesses in Morocco for Silatech, an international social development NGO that promotes the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals through the economic empowerment of young entrepreneurs. The student team will research the impact of implementing policies and programs in Morocco for the creation of jobs for youth, and the challenges women face in particular in participating in this job market. Silatech is an International social development nonprofit non-governmental organization that works on connecting youth wherever they are to jobs and enable resources for them to establish and sustain successful enterprises through providing innovative solutions to its local, regional and international partners. The organization promotes large-scale job creation, entrepreneurship, access to capital and markets, and the participation of young people in economic development thus contributing to the attainment of several Sustainable Development Goals. 

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