Entrepreneurship is inextricably linked to the drive for sustainable development and individual empowerment. It can be combined with all genders, both male and female. For a long time, women's entrepreneurship received little attention from socio-political actors and scientists alike. In recent decades, there has been a renewed interest in this specific profile of entrepreneurship, particularly as a result of gender studies and feminist activism.
Salaried employment is scarce and limited, and the civil service is very poorly paid. In this context, competition is tougher and more ruthless, and even unequal for women, whom employers prefer to hire. Indeed, women are often discriminated against because of sexist prejudices and traditions. Motherhood with its hazards, the level of education is often lower, domestic chores, etc., are all part of the job. Entrepreneurship or even self-entrepreneurship appears to be the main tool for empowering women, who are often confined to domestic work and informal resourcefulness. It is therefore important to help formalise and organise women's small businesses to make them more viable, profitable and sustainable. This study has looked at this issue by analysing the pathways of women entrepreneurs and the insertion of their activities into the local economic market. To this end, it is organised around a main guiding question: how does entrepreneurship contribute to women's economic empowerment in forest-based industries?