The Support Fund for the Creation of Businesses by Young People (FACEJ), financed by the Embassy of Denmark and the Embassy of the Netherlands, is implemented by the consortium Swisscontact & Plan-BØRNEFONDEN.
The project aims to support 1,652 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 in the creation and/or development of their businesses in the regions of Bamako, Koulikoro, Sikasso, Ségou, Mopti, Timbuktu, and Kita.
One of FACEJ's major objectives is also to accompany at least 40% of young women entrepreneurs in the creation or development of their business. Although socio-cultural barriers can in many cases hinder young women's aspirations to create a formal business, the FACEJ team is proud to count 527 women-led businesses of the 1,375 businesses it has supported, or 38%.
These young women work in ALL sectors: agriculture/livestock, food processing, construction, services, fashion, cosmetics, environment and information and communication technologies. They remain predominant in the food processing, services, fashion, and cosmetics sectors.
It is essential to highlight that female entrepreneurship remains an important vector of emancipation for young women.
Through their activities and responsibilities as entrepreneurs, they create jobs and contribute to the national GDP, become financially independent, gain autonomy, can more easily provide for the family, and thus facilitate the education of children, gain self-confidence, and strengthen their decision-making power and agency.
The FACEJ team would like to take advantage of March 8 Day to salute all the efforts, courage, and tenacity of these young women!
On this occasion, we met 2 young women who created their own business in sectors perceived as masculine (in French with English subtitles).