Capgemini to support women entrepreneurs
Capgemini, a global leader in consulting, outsourcing and IT services, and its subsidiary Sogeti announced its participation to the next edition of the Women’s Forum taking place in Deauville, France October 10 to 12.
Capgemini and Sogeti will highlight their digital micro-credit platform launched in partnership with MicroWorld last February. This initiative allows individuals and companies to lend small sums of money to finance micro-entrepreneurs who are unable to access traditional banking services. This initiative is a perfect fit with the Group’s historical values, as well as its social responsibility and environmental policies and is now echoed at the Women’s Forum.
The Women’s forum Global Meeting is an internationally renowned knowledge platform for new thinking and new global networks featuring women’s voices and perspectives. It is also the ideal place to promote this initiative to Directors and C-Level executive. According to PlaNet Finance as many as 500 million micro-entrepreneurs are currently struggling to finance and develop their projects. 80 percent of these are women.
The digital platform used by Capgemini and Sogeti employees will be demoed in the Capgemini stand during Women’s Forum, to inspire other organizations to support micro-entrepreneurs through their employees.
In addition, Khady Mbaye, a Senegalese micro-entrepreneur will come to share her experience telling how it improved the everyday life of her family. She created a craft shop in Dakar through this initiative where she sells jewelries, handbags, accessories she manufactures herself or purchased from local craftsman.
In terms of results, after only a few months of existence the micro-credit platform launched by Capgemini gathered no less than 851 members. The motivation from both Capgemini’s and Sogeti’s employees is worth highlighting with an average of €69,5 invested per lenders. The micro sites received around 17,500 visits (Capgemini and Sogeti micro sites combined) and more than €37,000 have been invested in 660 micro entrepreneurs’ projects to date.