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 many of these women for their exceptional courage and perseverance. They live in France, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Tunisia... Each of them receive a grant to help them pursue their dream. Discover their stories!

 
  • “Creating an artisan soap factory to become an independent woman”

     : “Creating an artisan soap factory to become an independent woman”

    A 24-year-old single mother and the oldest of 8 children, Sarah received training at the Bukavu Digital Centre. With our Coup de Cœur award, Sarah wants to create an artisan soap factory to subsidise her family’s needs. Sarah dreams of becoming an independent woman and raising her daughter well.

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  • “I want to change my life and raise my children well”

     : “I want to change my life and raise my children well”

    Rasoa has a difficult life. She had a poor upbringing and lost her parents at 10 years old. She is now the single mother of two children aged 10 and 13, and she has a disability due to leg atrophy. With our Coup de Cœur award, Rasoa wants a fresh start by creating a artisan soap factory which will give her a stable income and help other women in the village by giving them employment. Rasoa hopes to change her life and educate her children.

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  • “Setting up my own organic cassava farm”

    Marie, beneficiary : “Setting up my own organic cassava farm”

    Marie, 52, is a mother to 5 children. She has no education, but she works hard to improve her situation. She has set up an organic cassava farm, a popular product in Côte d’Ivoire. Her project is to develop her organic farm and help people in her village through our Coup de Cœur award.

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  • “Opening my own restaurant was my dream as a little girl”

    Christine, beneficiary : “Opening my own restaurant was my dream as a little girl”

    Christine, 47, has worked in catering for many years. She now manages a small stall where she sells local products. With our Coup de Cœur award, she wants to set up her own business and sell traditional Cameroonian dishes. Creating her own small business would allow her to be more independent and meet her family’s needs.

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  • “Creating a traditional community craft project to train Tunisian women”

    Ines : “Creating a traditional community craft project to train Tunisian women”

    Ines is 42 and has two children. She was a teacher before starting her Hkayat Lemina community project: a traditional Tunisian craft centre where everyone contributes their know-how. Her project? To train women who have little by helping them to sell their products. Thanks to our Coup de Cœur award, her centres have been set up in isolated regions in Jradou, Kerkennah, Zarzis and Bizerte.

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  • “Helping gypsy women to receive digital training”

    Elizabeth : “Helping gypsy women to receive digital training”

    Elizabeth, 42, is from the gypsy community. “In my community, women leave education very early to get married and start a family. I want to continue my education and break the mould. I am working hard for this and I want to show my family that it can work alongside my gypsy culture.” Her project involves training gypsy women in digital with our Coup de Cœur award with support from the Fundación Secretariado Gitano.

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  • “Helping orphan children”

    Nathalie Rose : “Helping orphan children”

    Nathalie Rose is 40, a single mother of a 13-year-old daughter and she also manages an orphanage of 30 children in Coyat. Nathalie has a difficult life with little money. Determined to get ahead, Nathalie opened a store as well as a pig farm with her meagre funds, but due to a theft she had to stop. With our Coup de Cœur award, she hopes to be able to launch new projects: to build a fence, open a laundry and build a school for the orphanage’s children.

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  • “Helping women in my village by opening a soap factory”

    Diallo, beneficiary : “Helping women in my village by opening a soap factory”

    Diallo is 40 and has 4 children. With our Coup de Cœur award, she can create a soap factory in collaboration with women in her village. This activity will give them a fixed income to help them to become independent.

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  • "I want to help women find a job"

    Archana : "I want to help women find a job"

    Archana is 44 and is volunteering at the NGO Vatsalya Trust Mumbai in India which is helping underpriviledged women. She is very involved in the non-profit sector and is also a volunteer at the Women’s Digital Center. She has undertaken many challenges by creating a center for children with special needs. With our Amazing Women Award she will now set up a platform for women who have attended the digital training sessions at the Women’s Digital Center to help them find job by connecting them to employers.

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  • Lea : « Opening my beauty salon »

     : « Opening my beauty salon »

    Lea lives is 37 yo ans lives in Clermond-Ferrand. She is single mother, she has a training as a medical secretary, but so far can’t get a job and is struggling to make ends meet. Lea has decided to go for professional retraining and is now taking classes to become a beautician. With our Amazing Women Award she hopes to open her beauty salon and become financially independent.

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  • "Creating a bionic hand prothesis for disabled people"

    Magdalena : "Creating a bionic hand prothesis for disabled people"

    With our Amazing Award, Magdalena’s project is to create a 3D bionic hand for adults and children that few can buy due to the hight costs. Indeed, children needs to change their artificial hand several times and often families can’t afford it. Magdalena’s project will be a huge relief for families that are affected by this disability.

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  • "Opening my restaurant, a dream to escape poverty"

    Golekwang, beneficiary : "Opening my restaurant, a dream to escape poverty"

    Golekwang is 56, she is a single mother of 3 living in Ghanzi Bostwana, and has worked for a tuck shop during several years before it shut down. Since then, she has been struggling to find a job, while she has always been passionate about cooking. But it didn’t stop her from achieving her dream opening her restaurant with our Amazing Women Award.

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  • “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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