Investing in women pays dividends since women invest 90% of their earnings on food, health and education for the household. Despite this, there exist structural inequities in the systems of finance that create barriers for women to access finance, markets, paid employment and technical assistance to create sustainable and prosperous livelihoods. Within Africa, AECF takes a leadership role in applying a gender lens in partnership with key stakeholders. By providing catalytic financing to businesses and institutions advancing gender equality, AECF aspires to demonstrate the opportunities available by valuing markets in which women thrive to create gender equitable market for all.