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How Digital Solutions are Empowering Female Entrepreneurs in Cote d’Ivoire

Image: Nadine Zoro, Digifemmes Program Director

The 2023 Digifemmes Impact Report is a comprehensive overview of the groundbreaking Digifemmes program, which aims to empower female entrepreneurs in Cote d’Ivoire through innovative digital solutions.

This program offers a wide range of benefits to young entrepreneurs, including mentorship opportunities, customized training programs, networking events, and access to funding resources. It not only supports the growth of 150 existing women-led small and medium enterprises (W-SMEs) but also creates a strong pipeline of new W-SMEs from the 450 beneficiaries of the DigiFemmes Academy track.

Additionally, the program collaborates with ecosystem stakeholders to foster a supportive environment for digital skills in Cote d’Ivoire. With its focus on building a community of empowered female leaders, Digifemmes is leading the way in creating a more inclusive and diverse entrepreneurial landscape.

“The success of Digifemmes are not only measured in numbers but also in human stories,” says Digifemmes Program Director, Nadie Zoro. “We have witnessed women who, thanks to our programs, have gained confidence, found their voices in the digital world, and have been able to create opportunities for themselves and their community.”

The report showcases inspiring examples of female entrepreneurs who have thrived through their participation in the program. From tech startups revolutionizing their industries to social enterprises creating meaningful impact, these entrepreneurs exemplify the resilience, creativity, and innovation that women bring to the entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Nadine Zoro, an African Leadership Academy alumna from the class of 2010, is the visionary Program Director of Digifemmes, is a seasoned entrepreneur and advocate for gender equality in the tech and business sectors.

“My passion for empowering women and youth, and for fostering an inclusive and vibrant business ecosystem in Africa, is further ignited through DigiFemmes,” shares Nadine. “I firmly believe that our work is only the beginning, and I am enthusiastic about continuing to innovate and expand the reach of our program.”

With a background in startup management and business development, Nadine brings a wealth of experience and passion to her role, driving forward the mission of Digifemmes to empower women through technology and entrepreneurship.

Here are some key insights from the report:

  • Over 105 entrepreneurs empowered in enhancing their data and digital skills, leading to the growth of their businesses.
  • A 65% increase in participants’ average annual revenue, showcasing the tangible effectiveness of the Digifemmes approach in bolstering business capacities.
  • More than 30 impactful events hosted by Digifemmes entrepreneurs.
  • 314 female team members engaged in full-stack development courses, with an impressive record of winning 4 hackathons at national and global levels, epitomizing the immense potential of women in technology when provided with opportunities.
  • Over 6000 women impacted across Cote d’Ivoire.

Source: The 2023 Digifemmes Impact Report

Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown
Lynn is a content marketer that focuses on brand storytelling through digital platforms. Skilled in a background of web development, search engine optimization and content production, Lynn is excited to utilize over 10 years’ experience in digital marketing to help grow the ecosystems that support Africa’s very young entrepreneurs to ensure their success.

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