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5

Support programs

9

Target countries

+ 2000

Women entrepreneurs supported

“SEEDS”

SUPPORTING THE MOST VULNERABLE ENTREPRENEUR WOMEN

“SPARK”

ENCOURAGING WOMEN TO START A BUSINESS

“GROW”

SUPPORTING ACCESS TO AGROECOLOGY FOR RURAL WOMEN

“WOMEN’ACT”

SUPPORTING WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP FOR A BETTER WORLD

“ECOSYSTEM”

BUILDING NETWORKS FOR WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND GENDER EQUALITY

SEEDS

Supporting the most vulnerable women entrepreneurs through literacy

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273

milion women entreprepreneurs worldwide

10%

increase in women entrepreneurs globally in the last two years

4

business ventures for 4 in 10 women in developing countries fail within the two first years *

*2016 GEM Women in Entrepreneurship Report

Why ?

The first years of starting a business are fundamental for any entrepreneur. (But for women in developing countries in particular) starting a business is a source of doubt and hesitation which prevent many from ever going beyond the idea – and the desire – to start their own business. In addition, these women often lack support or technical assistance, without which, they run into inevitable difficulty in the first few years.

How ?

SPARK is an “initiation” program which enables women to build confidence in their projects, and in themselves, as entrepreneurs. The programme aims to help women to better structure and plan out their projects, and to successfully set out to achieve their entreprenarial ambitions. Participants are coached in an inspiring and supportive environment, providing the best conditions to generate, formulate and think through their business plans. They receive training in entrepreneurial management skills to then enable them to implement and nurture their projects over time.

SPARK

Encouraging women to start a business

273

milion women entreprepreneurs worldwide

10%

increase in women entrepreneurs globally in the last two years

4

business ventures for 4 in 10 women in developing countries fail within the two first years *

*2016 GEM Women in Entrepreneurship Report

Why ?

The first years of starting a business are fundamental for any entrepreneur. (But for women in developing countries in particular) starting a business is a source of doubt and hesitation which prevent many from ever going beyond the idea – and the desire – to start their own business. In addition, these women often lack support or technical assistance, without which, they run into inevitable difficulty in the first few years.

How ?

SPARK is an “initiation” program which enables women to build confidence in their projects, and in themselves, as entrepreneurs. The programme aims to help women to better structure and plan out their projects, and to successfully set out to achieve their entreprenarial ambitions. Participants are coached in an inspiring and supportive environment, providing the best conditions to generate, formulate and think through their business plans. They receive training in entrepreneurial management skills to then enable them to implement and nurture their projects over time.

GROW

Supporting access to agroecology for rural women

80%

of food production in developing countries is provided by women

14

Women and children are 14 times more likely of dying in natural disasters*

> 50%

of the world’s countries still have disciminatory laws concerning access to resources (including to property)**

*Femmes & Environnement, Fondation RAJA 2015 **2016 WorldBank Report

Why?

To this day, women face severe discrimination and extreme poverty that makes them more vulnerable to climate climate and environmental degradation (such as deforestation, scarity of resources, or soil fertility decline). And yet women are also a source of innovative solutions and thus play a central role in enviromental protection and preservation.

How ?

The GROW Program aims to encourage women working in the agricultural sector to develop their business activities, especially those who want to take concrete action for the environment. The programme supports their economic empowerment but also – and in so doing – also contributes to the economic, social and environemental development of their communities. Our support consists of agroecology technical training which builds women’s awareness and understanding of sustainable development and to provide the necessary tools and knowledge to integrate environmentally-friendly techniques into their work. This training is accompanied by coaching which focuses on improving entrepreneurial and commercial techniques. Collectively this enables our women partners to develop a business activity which is both financially and environmentally sustainable.

Women’Act

Supporting and promoting women entrepreneurship for a better world

210

milion social entrepreneurs worldwide

45%

of social entrepreneurs in the world are women*

46%

of women believe they have faced specific gender obstacles in their entreprenarial path **

*2016 GEM Social Entrepreneurship Report ** 2017 British Council Report

Why?

Social Entrepreneurship is a dynamic, rapidly-growing sector which creates jobs and fills gaps for environmental and social needs. It is a sector which offers real potential for better integration of women in the economy. It is therefore essential to promote social entrepreneurship and encourage more women to participate.

Social Entrepreneurship is also a highly effective tool for empowering both women and their communities, since the intiatives created are tailored to needs of those local groups.

How ?

Our programs aim to support women’s entrepreneurial skills and assist the development of their projects through:

  • Incubation or start-up programs, to build skills and confidence in entrepreneurship potential
  • Leadership training, to futher their entrepreneurial ambitions
  • Networking and creating synergies to build or strengthen local social entrepreneurship ecosystems.
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ECOSYSTEM

Forging links between women and new networks

Pourquoi ?

Se lancer dans l’aventure entrepreneuriale est à la fois source d’épanouissement et de difficultés à surmonter. Pour les femmes, ces difficultés se manifestent entre autres par un sentiment de solitude qui mine le moral des entrepreneures et les prive d’accès à un réseau qui est souvent source d’opportunités stratégiques, financières, et économiques pour elles et leurs projets.L’accès à un écosystème dynamique et à une diversité de réseaux est essentiel pour garantir l’épanouissement des entrepreneures et la croissance de leurs projets.

Comment ?

Notre programme ECOSYSTEM vise à renforcer l’écosystème entrepreneurial dans nos territoires d’action, de promouvoir le leadership des entrepreneures et favoriser l’engagement des hommes et des femmes, notamment à travers le développement de l’accès aux femmes entrepreneures à des réseaux. En mettant en lumière les entrepreneures et les initiatives qui créent de la valeur et du changement positif pour leurs communautés, ce programme vise à sensibiliser le grand public autour des enjeux du développement durable, et de l’égalité de genre et à inspirer à entreprendre et se mobiliser comme acteurs.rices du changement pour renforcer le rôle qu’ils et elles jouent comme vecteurs de développement au sein de leurs communautés.