Amazing women award

Amazing women award

They have a dream. We believe in them!

They want to succeed. And we believe in the ability of these women to overcome their social or economic difficulties if we give them a chance. That’s why, for the past several years, we’ve been taking action for women through professional training programs and helping them to achieve a better life. We have selected 15 of these women for their exceptional courage and perseverance. They live in France, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, and Tunisia. Each of them receive a grant to help them pursue their dream. Discover their stories!

 
  • “Cooking and solidarity”

    Françoise, beneficiary of the Digital Centre in Pointe-à-Pitre : “Cooking and solidarity”

    My name is Françoise, and I’m 53. I was born and raised on La Réunion Island. I now live in Sainte-Rose with my husband, a small community to the northwest of Pointe-à-Pitre.

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  • “To be independent, receive training and work!”

    Brigitte, beneficiary of the Digital Centre in Lavandou : “To be independent, receive training and work!”

    My name is Brigitte, and I’m 39. I have lived alone with my four children in Bormes les Mimosas for over ten years. Before my divorce, I was part of the travelling community and we were constantly moving. Staying put suits me well, but I don’t have a job and my income is very low. It is difficult for me to raise my four children, two of whom are disabled.

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  • “To get my driving licence to gain independence!”

    Soumia, training to help elderly people : “To get my driving licence to gain independence!”

    My name is Soumia, and I’m 18. I was born in Morocco and I received part of my education there, until I was 17. I arrived in France at the start of 2016 and I currently live in Loches, Centre-Val de Loire. I am currently alone as my stepfamily rejected me, but I have not let that bring me down and I am still determined!

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  • “My dream? To open a tailoring workshop!”

    Yvette, digital and inclusive tailor in Saint-Denis : “My dream? To open a tailoring workshop!”

    My name is Yvette, and I’m 52. I work as a self-employed tailor in Saint-Denis, La Réunion. I have two children with my husband, one of whom is severely disabled after contracting a disease in hospital. Since then we have fought to improve his quality of life.

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  • “To open my restaurant!”

    Yvette, beneficiary of the Digital Centre in Bertoua, Cameroon : “To open my restaurant!”

    My name is Yvette, and I’m 42. I was born in Nguelemendouga, a small commune in the central eastern region of Cameroon. Currently I live alone with my two children in Bertoua, a medium-sized town.

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  • “I want to open a bakery!”

    Ruth, beneficiary of the Riviera 2 Digital Centre (Abidjan) : “I want to open a bakery!”

    My name is Ruth, and I’m 39. I live in Bingerville, a district of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. I am a single mother with one child.

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  • "My dream: to open a café bookshop!"

    Marianne, beneficiary of the Digital Centre in Marck : "My dream: to open a café bookshop!"

    My name is Marianne Legrand, and I’m 52. I live in Auchel, a small rural town near Marck, Hauts-de-France. I have been volunteering in the medical sector since I was a teenager. I’ve always been interested in helping people and providing a service. After completing my baccalaureate, the logical next step was to study at a nursing school to continue along this path and create a career.

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  • "Become a software developer"

    Emma, beneficiary of the Digital Centre in Paris : "Become a software developer"

    My name is Emma, and I’m 43. I was born in Morocco, where I earned a two-year degree in Mathematics in 1995, and taught the subject for 10 years. I moved to France in 2004 and earned an aesthetician’s certificate in 2007. It was the start of something new and exciting, but unfortunately my personal life became a living hell and I wound up with depression.

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  • "Help women in my region"

    Ikram, head of the Conseil International des femmes Entrepreneurs association in Zaghouan : "Help women in my region"

    My name is Ikram, and I’m 34. I was born in northern Tunisia, in Zaghouan. I grew up there, and still live there with my family. Most women here make a living by producing home-made pastries and selling "Kaak warka," the famous local cake.

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  • "Become more independent!"

    Christina, beneficiary of the Women's Digital Centre in Nexon : "Become more independent!"

    My name is Christina, and I’m 46. I live in Nexon, a little town with a population of 2,500 in the Haute-Vienne region of France. I never got the chance to go to college, because I had to quit school at the end of middle school. Since then, I’ve been a maid. I started out working in a hotel, then I worked in a hospital near Bordeaux. My life is hard these days because I’m unemployed and have 9 children to raise. My husband helps out, but he had an accident and his health has been poor ever since.

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  • "I want to open a creche in Madagascar"

    Fatima 

beneficiary of the Women's Digital Centre in Lorient : "I want to open a creche in Madagascar"

    My name is Fatima, and I’m 21.
    I was born in Madagascar, have lived in France since I was 16, and I have a little boy who I have raised alone.
    For the last 6 months, I’ve had support from the team at the Initiatives au Féminin NGO in the Morbihan region of Brittany. Thanks to the NGO, I’ve been attending the "A chacune son métier" [A trade for everyone] course, for young women in Lorient’s working class neighbourhoods.

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  • "More than anything I want to earn a living from my passion"

    Véronique, founder of Handistraction : "More than anything I want to earn a living from my passion"

    My name is Véronique, and I’m 46.
    For over 25 years, I worked as a educator for people with disabilities in Lyon. Over the years, this experience taught me that it was hard to pursue a leisure activity if you have a disability.

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  • "Becoming an engineer is a childhood dream"

    Chantal IT support at the Women's Digital Centre in Narbonne : "Becoming an engineer is a childhood dream"

    My name is Chantal, I was born in Senegal. I moved to Morocco to study IT, and then to France in March 2014 with my six-year-old girl, who I’m raising alone.
    After a year and a half, I asked for help from the team at the CIDFF and they offered me a job as an IT technician.

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