Entrepreneurs du Monde
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|Founded||19 June 1998|
|Type||Non-governmental organization (French Association Act 1901)|
|West Africa, South Asia, south West Asia, Caribbean|
|Method||Creation or partnering with local institutions|
|Slogan||"With almost nothing, you can change almost everything"|
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.
Entrepreneurs du Monde initially ran thanks to the voluntary contribution of its members and was contributing to existing programmes in the Philippines 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, in a building shared with the NGO Initiative Développement. In 2004 and 2005, Initiative Développement decided to hand over its microfinance programmes in Benin, in Ghana and in Haiti to Entrepreneurs du Monde.
Parallel to this, the organisation developed new programmes in the Philippines (2005), in India (2006), Cambodia (2006), Vietnam (2007), Mongolia (2008) as well as Burkina Faso (2008), while a technical follow-up agreement was signed in Myanmar with a rural lending programme in the Southern part of the country (2005).
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:
- Loan products (microcredit), to finance the creation or the development of a small economic activity, in urban or rural environment;
- Savings product (microsavings) to reinforce the capacity of families to manage their budget and to anticipate their needs;
- Health microinsurance, to reduce the vulnerability of families and preserve economic progresses achieved previously;
- 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.);
- 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;
- 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.
|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||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|
|Philippines||Inner City Development Corporation (ICDC)||Manila|
|Vietnam||Chi Em||Ðiện Biên Phủ|
Structure and financing
Entrepreneurs du Monde is an organisation registered under the Association Act 1901 of the French law. 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
- (French) Bernard, Philippe (18 December 2008), "Microcrédit à Sodome et Gomorrhe", Le Monde
- (French) "L'aventure dans la peau", Le Dauphiné Libéré, 30 July 2008
- (French) "Article 2400". Journal officiel de la République française (Imprimerie nationale). 4 July 1998.
- (French) Jouault, Simon (October 2008), "Profil", Le Point
- GEO, September 2004: 109–110 Missing or empty
- (French) Lorin, Capucine (27 January 2004), "Banquier des bidonvilles", La Tribune
- (French) "Article 2068". Journal officiel de la République française (Imprimerie nationale). 13 December 2003.
- "The Youngest Entrepreneurs", Microfinance Insights, November–December 2008
- (French) Cappelaere, Pierre (2007). Ghana, les chemins de la démocratie. Paris: Editions L'Harmattan. p. 282. ISBN 978-2-296-03916-2.
- (French) "Micro-crédit dans les bidonvilles", Centre Presse, April 2007
- (French) Dufay, Philippe (August 2009), "Microcrédit - Les Petits prêts", Madame Figaro
- (French) "Une vraie leçon de vie", Le Courrier Cauchois, 20 June 2008
- "Au Cambodge, le " nanocrédit " marche mieux que le microcrédit". Rue89.com (in French). 18 January 2009. Retrieved 6 October 2009.
- "GHACOE helps 32 women acquire skills", The Ghanaian Time, 26 May 2006
- (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.
- (French), (English) Official website of Entrepreneurs du Monde