Economic development has paved way for opportunities for women to participate in fields such as medicine, both as physicians and nurses; teaching; and administration. By 1989 around 10 percent of government employees were women, and the top civil service examination graduate in 1989 was a woman. During their government careers, women civil servants were allowed three months of maternity leave with full pay for three deliveries and leave without pay for any additional deliveries.
Schemes and Organisations encouraging Women Entrepreneurs:
Technoserve helps enterprises run by men and women in the developing countries in order to build competitive farms, businesses and industries. It’s a non-profit organisation operating in 29 countries around Africa, Latin-America and Asia. They help poverty-stricken people with valuable information, capital and markets to sell the goods they produce. The organisation has ensured a 4-star rating from independent evaluator charity navigator for the last 10 years which places it in top 1% of all its related non-profits. The organisation started with the village of Adidome, Ghana. Its founder is Ed Bullard.
REDCL includes special schemes for women
The Business Opportunity and Information Centre (BOIC) has closed shop and passed its mandate to the Rural Enterprise Development Corporation Ltd (REDCL) after 20 months of operation, which was launched on May 21, 2016. The REDCL will carry out micro lending activities for non-formal economic enterprises in the rural areas.” Whether BOIC or REDCL, the structure is not as interesting as the loan itself,” Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay said during the launch. He instructed the board members of REDCL to initiate special schemes to encourage women entrepreneurs, young college graduates and projects in the rural areas.
10th Five Year Plan by the Royal Bhutan Government includes schemes for development of MSME
Bhutan vision 2020 document gives importance to development of Cottage, Small and Medium Industry sector. The 10th FYP states that proper development of the MSME sector is a very critical strategy for ensuring equitable distribution of income and poverty reduction. According to the 10th FYP MSME will be developed only by development of institutional, legal and regulatory frameworks for MSME including their implementation modalities, enhancement of business development modalities, providing entrepreneurship training and advisory services, establishing a small business resource centre, undertaking a feasibility and resource study and the revision of investment opportunity study. The main objective of the CSME policy is to improve the small and cottage industries and to encourage individuals to create more and more small scale industries which will in turn contribute to Bhutanese economy.
Bhutan Association of Women Entrepreneurship
The vision of this association is to have an equitable society in which women can recognize their strengths and become successful entrepreneurs leading meaningful lives and contributing in Bhutanese economy. The association contribute in poverty reduction, self-reliance and business.