Encouraging female entrepreneurship in the northern suburbs of Marseille

In Marseille, the second edition of "Women/Solidarity/Business" was held on 21 April at the Villa Méditerranée. Offering encouragement to the women of the suburbs to become entrepreneurs.

Our commitment to the education of women continues in Marseille. In the suburbs of France’s second city 20% of women are entrepreneurs, whereas in the 7th Arrondissement of Paris for example, the figure is 50%.

Becoming an entrepreneur, a solution to insecurity

"Women/Solidarity/Business" corrects this tendency by supporting female entrepreneurs who often have no qualifications or training and whose chances of finding employment are slim. In the course of this day of solidarity, practical workshops are run for them to learn to develop their customer base or market their business. It is also an opportunity for them to expand their networks in discussion with female business leaders from Marseille and the region.
L'auditoire Femmes Solidarité Entreprises


A grocery builds social bonds

Sandrine Danna, holding a bouquet of flowers
To mark this event the Orange Foundation decided to support Sandrine Danna’s project. She will receive support to help set up a travelling grocery that will roam the countryside. Sandrine’s grocery will provide a social service, linking 1500 households, many of them over the age of sixty.


"That a foundation like the Orange Foundation should choose to support me in these first months of business makes me want even more to be an entrepreneur. The road ahead will no doubt have some bumps, but the way seems clearer! Thank you!!!!! " Sandrine Danna

Making women independent

On the international stage we are working to give girls access to education thanks to the Orange Village programme. Establishing these villages in Tunisia or in Armenia for example, facilitates access to water and encourages school attendance by girls.
Making women more independent is also a digital issue. In France, and internationally, we have created digital centres to train women in digital skills and management.

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