Capgemini Group is mobilized at the Women’s Forum through its CSR Initiative to help Micro-entrepreneurs

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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.

About Capgemini
With around 120,000 people in 40 countries, Capgemini is one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services. The Group reported 2011 global revenues of EUR 9.7 billion. Together with its clients, Capgemini creates and delivers business and technology solutions that fit their needs and drive the results they want. A deeply multicultural organization, Capgemini has developed its own way of working, the Collaborative Business Experience™, and draws on Rightshore®, its worldwide delivery model.
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About Sogeti
Sogeti is a leading provider of professional technology services, specializing in Application Management, Infrastructure Management, High-Tech Engineering and Testing. Working closely with its clients, Sogeti enables them to leverage technological innovation and achieve maximum results. Sogeti brings together more than 20,000 professionals in 15 countries and is present in over 100 locations in Europe, the US and India. Sogeti is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Cap Gemini S.A., listed on the Paris Stock Exchange.

* MicroWorld is an internet platform that allows individuals and businesses to finance the projects of micro-entrepreneurs around the world by making online loans. Born in 2010, the website offers a marketplace of online financing, news and insights on the microfinance field, and a place where lenders can organise their lending activity within an online community.
MicroWorld is run as a social business – combining a strong social mission with business methodology – whose aim is to promote the growth of microcredit in developing countries. The social business model is designed to maximise social impact through efficient, sustainable, and scalable business practices. Financed by private funds, MicroWorld gives its profits directly the microfinance NGO, PlaNet Finance
** PlaNet Finance is a leading international solidarity organisation with the mission to alleviate poverty through the development of microfinance, therefore increasing the unbanked and under-banked’s access to financial services.
PlaNet Finance offers a full set of services to 200 microfinance institutions. The organization is supported by renowned public donors such as the World Bank, the European Commission or AFD, and also by many foundations (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Orange Foundation, Citigroup Foundation, etc.).
Based in Paris, PlaNet Finance’s international network conducts activities in close to 80 countries around the world.