Entrepreneurs du Monde

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Entrepreneurs du Monde
Founded 19 June 1998
Founder Franck Renaudin
Type Non-governmental organization (French Association Act 1901)
Focus Microfinance
Origins  France
Area served
West Africa, South Asia, south West Asia, Caribbean
Method Creation or partnering with local institutions
Key people
Franck Renaudin
Slogan "With almost nothing, you can change almost everything"
Mission Poverty reduction
Website www.entrepreneursdumonde.org
Formerly called
Crédit Développement

Entrepreneurs du Monde is a French international nongovernmental organization founded in 1998 and operating in ten countries of West Africa, the Caribbean and Asia.

The organisation supports microfinance programmes with a strong social orientation, which target thousands of very deprived women and men. The focus is laid on promoting their entrepreneurship spirit by supporting them in their attempt to develop an economic activity.[1][2]


The organisation was created in Colombes, Hauts-de-Seine, France in June 1998 by its present Director, Franck Renaudin.[3][4]

Entrepreneurs du Monde initially ran thanks to the voluntary contribution of its members and was contributing to existing programmes in the Philippines[5][6] and in India. In 2003, the activity started to develop and the first permanent employee was hired. In November the same year, the head office was transferred to Poitiers (86), France,[7] in a building shared with the NGO Initiative Développement. In 2004 and 2005, Initiative Développement decided to hand over its microfinance programmes in Benin,[8] in Ghana[9] and in Haiti[10] to Entrepreneurs du Monde.

Parallel to this, the organisation developed new programmes in the Philippines (2005), in India (2006), Cambodia (2006),[11] Vietnam (2007), Mongolia (2008) as well as Burkina Faso (2008),[12] while a technical follow-up agreement was signed in Myanmar with a rural lending programme in the Southern part of the country (2005).

Socio-economic approach[edit]

Entrepreneurs du Monde claims it supported 59,600 microentrepreneurs in 2009. Its objective is to support even more people through its programmes spread in ten countries around the world in 2010, by providing them with following services:

  1. Loan products (microcredit), to finance the creation or the development of a small economic activity, in urban or rural environment;
  2. Savings product (microsavings) to reinforce the capacity of families to manage their budget and to anticipate their needs;
  3. Health microinsurance,[13] to reduce the vulnerability of families and preserve economic progresses achieved previously;
  4. Trainings: trainings on economic subjects (family budget management, profit calculation, etc.); trainings on social topics (malaria prevention, man/woman rapport, etc.); vocational and practical trainings (cooking, cosmetology, hair-dressing, manicure, etc.);[14]
  5. Social Permanencies: in urban branches, a social worker provides most deprived microentrepreneurs with counselling and refers them to specialised organisation able to bring them complementary support;
  6. Social entrepreneurship: to promote certain activities identified as being socially impactful on one hand, and economically viable on the other hand. Most are innovative activities which can have an impact on health (production of spirulina, horse milk, carabao milk), shelter (building of houses using the Nubian vault technology, manufacturing of paper bricks for cooking combustible) or environment (improved stoves). Entrepreneurs du Monde tries here to focus its contribution on the structuring of an economic chain.[2]
Partner Organisations by Country
Country Partner Organisation Place
 Benin Association de Lutte pour la promotion des Initiatives de Développement (ALIDé) Cotonou
 Burkina Faso Association Inter Instituts "Ensemble et Avec" (AsIEnA) Ouagadougou
 Burkina Faso Laafi Sira Kwieogo (LSK) Ouagadougou
 Burkina Faso Micro Start Ouagadougou
 Cambodia Chamroeun Phnom Penh
 Cambodia Sovann Phoum Phnom Penh
 Ghana Initiative Development Ghana Accra
 Ghana Village Exchange Ghana Ho
 Haiti Initiative de Développement par la Microfinance Port-au-Prince, Cabaret
 India Navnirman Community Resource Center (NCRC) Kolkata
 Mongolia Gumi Khishig-Öndör
 Myanmar Yadana Suboo Kanbauk
 Philippines Gabay Buhay Manila
 Philippines Inner City Development Corporation (ICDC) Manila
 Philippines SEED Cavite City
 Philippines Space Manila
 Philippines Uplift Philippines Manila
 Vietnam Chi Em Ðiện Biên Phủ

Structure and financing[edit]

Entrepreneurs du Monde is an organisation registered under the Association Act 1901 of the French law.[3][15] It is a not-for-profit organisation which was employing on 31 December 2009 10 permanent employees and 3 volunteers based in the head office of Poitiers (Vienne) and different programmes in Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Ghana, India, the Philippines and Vietnam.

Entrepreneurs du Monde is financed by private sources (mostly individuals and foundations) as well as public ones, the first of which being the French Development Agency (Agence française de développement or AFD).

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Bernard, Philippe (18 December 2008), "Microcrédit à Sodome et Gomorrhe", Le Monde 
  2. ^ a b (French) "L'aventure dans la peau", Le Dauphiné Libéré, 30 July 2008 
  3. ^ a b (French) "Article 2400". Journal officiel de la République française (Imprimerie nationale). 4 July 1998. 
  4. ^ (French) Jouault, Simon (October 2008), "Profil", Le Point 
  5. ^ GEO, September 2004: 109–110  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ (French) Lorin, Capucine (27 January 2004), "Banquier des bidonvilles", La Tribune 
  7. ^ (French) "Article 2068". Journal officiel de la République française (Imprimerie nationale). 13 December 2003. 
  8. ^ "The Youngest Entrepreneurs", Microfinance Insights, November–December 2008 
  9. ^ (French) Cappelaere, Pierre (2007). Ghana, les chemins de la démocratie. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan. p. 282. ISBN 978-2-296-03916-2. 
  10. ^ (French) "Micro-crédit dans les bidonvilles", Centre Presse, April 2007 
  11. ^ (French) Dufay, Philippe (August 2009), "Microcrédit - Les Petits prêts", Madame Figaro 
  12. ^ (French) "Une vraie leçon de vie", Le Courrier Cauchois, 20 June 2008 
  13. ^ "Au Cambodge, le " nanocrédit " marche mieux que le microcrédit". Rue89.com (in French). 18 January 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "GHACOE helps 32 women acquire skills", The Ghanaian Time, 26 May 2006 
  15. ^ (French) "Article 2115". Journal officiel de la République française (Imprimerie nationale). 11 August 2001. 

This article is based on a translation of the corresponding article from the French Wikipedia, retrieved on 28 June 2010.

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