Ivanka Trump arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday to promote a White House global economic program aimed at empowering women in developing countries with job training, financial support, and legal reforms to remove barriers to women’s participation in the workforce. Kicking off a four-day trip through the country and the Ivory Coast, Trump took part in a traditional coffee ceremony and visited weavers in the capital city Addis Ababa.
“Investing in women is smart development policy and it’s smart business,” said Trump while sitting with women workers at Dumerso Coffee. “It’s also in our security interest, because women, when we’re empowered, foster peace and stability.”
During her appearance at Dumerso, she announced that USAID would back a loan from a women-focused bank for a women-owned coffee business. Later, while visiting a textile and craft manufacturing company, the first daughter also announced new funding from the Overseas Private Investment Corp., an international loan-provider that last year announced they would work with Trump on projects aimed at empowering women.