WnW Tour



The story
In 2013/2014, while completing our first year of master, we started preparing the project. We went to meet the main actors of the social entrepreneurship sector to ask about the challenges they were facing and how we, as students, could contribute to solve it. That is how we merged with the general structure of the tour. Leaving for 8 months, realizing 5 missions of 30 to 45 days.
Then, we luckily met W4 at the World Women’s Forum and settled a partnership with them. This allowed us to find our first social entrepreneur: Meredyth from PagaBags. We found on the internet or via social entrepreneurship networks the 4 other ones. We realized needs assessment to determine what kind of work we would do on the field and get prepared. Three months of crowdfunding later and we were ready to start ! We took off the 23rd of September 2014 to start our missions that you find below :

 

PagaBags – Burkina Faso
Paga Bags is a social enterprise combining plastic bags recycling, financial autonomy and empowerment of women. Founded by a
woman, this enterprise recycle plastic bags and combine it with organic cotton to make other bags. Employees are women with no
other access to employment and financial resources.


Apps and Girls – Tanzania
Apps and Girls is a NGO founded in Dar Es Salaam aiming to empower young girls and reduce gender gap in ICT. They basically create coding clubs in schools and train young girls.

Jagriti Yatra – India
In India, we participate to the Jagriti Yatra, a national event with 400 social entrepreneurs in a train where we will meet 15 role models (social entrepreneurs). We will then continue two weeks to help a woman entrepreneur met in the train.

Miteri Recycle Center – Nepal
In Nepal, we will help AWON, Action Works Nepal, founded by Radha Paudel, Women Peace Maker Award 2012 in structuring its Miteri Recycle Center. It is a social business collecting used clothes from Kathmandu to be recycled and resold locally in Karnali by Miteri women’s groups.

SEDCen & SEDP MPC – Philippines
In the Philippines, we will work with women part of the Great Women Project, a national programme for women’s economic empowerment, through the ECHOsi Foundation. They put us in contact with the Social Entrepreneurship Development Center (SEDCEN) , to support micro-entrepreneurs in the region of Bicol.

 

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