Women for change 2013: Sarah Toumi / Tunisia


The Acacias pour Tous (Acacias for All) project of the Ajmi Toumi association, launched in 2012, aims to improve the skills of rural women in Tunisia by giving them and their families access to education, employment, micro-loans and good social and health infrastructure. The project is supported by several initiatives that the Ajmi Toumi association has already implemented in Bir Salah, where it built the “Fort of Knowledge”, a club for women and children, expanded and renovated the health dispensary and the school.



The project aims to build a new acacia tree nursery managed by the Acacialma Cooperative, which gives women a decent standard of living with the financial proceeds from selling the Arabic Gum produced while simultaneously fighting desertification. The cooperative is entirely run by women. This helps them develop a wide range of economic activities like growing vegetables for the local market, producing honey and essential oils, and making fair-trade clothing and fashion accessories. The entire village of Bir Salah and its 5,000 inhabitants support and rally behind the project.

The project is designed to span across all of North Africa. The 2015 objective is to reach 100,000 trees planted every year in each region to benefit 10,000 women per region and complete a total overhaul in every beneficiary village of basic infrastructures, tools and services required to make them self-sufficient. Our main goal is to make every woman a driver behind local change to generate a national movement.



women for change, get involved!

The Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum have created the women for change Award to recognise humanitarian projects led by women in Africa.

From 16 September to 15 October 2013, people voted online for the project they thought was the most important. The project of Maria Raharinarivonirina, president of SOS Children’s Villages Madagascar, received the most votes and won a €25,000 grant. On October 16th, participants at the Women’s Forum in Deauville also had a chance to vote for their favorite project.They selected the project of Marie Nomo Messina, Director of Hand in Hand association in Cameroon, who also received a €25,000 grant.

All 5 women are all making the world a better place through their commitment to promoting women’s rights, dedication to children and their work to reintegrate marginalized populations.Because the Orange Foundation wants to support all of them, the 3 other candidates will each receive a €5,000 grant to help them develop their projects

Discover or rediscover their stories.

Edition 2013: Sarah Toumi, Brigitte Michel, Marie Noma-messina, Anta Mbow, Maria Raharinarivonirina.

Edition 2014: Mariama Moussa, Noushka Teixeira, Massego Mmipi, Adamou Hawaou, Togo Mariam Sidibe.

Edition 2015: Lily Fouad Attallah, Nour Al Emam, Khedija El Madani, Rocio Nieto, Nora Belahcen Fitzgerald.

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