Beyond entrepreneurship, you are committed to supporting other women. Is this too an ambition to bring social added value to your projects?
Patricia: Yes, because from my own experience, the main difficulty for a woman entrepreneur in the DRC, as elsewhere in Africa, remains access to finance. We therefore offer prepaid Visa cards to facilitate the banking of women. Another focus of support for women: transport. Movements remain one of the main challenges in the DRC. How to move easily? Pay easily but also learn a trade that is not only for men?
This question gave birth to UbizCabs, taxis driven by women. We started with fifteen taxis. Our ambition is to expand our service in other African countries. We are already in talks in three countries. Ubizcabs first enables to reduce female unemployment and contribute to gender equality. Convinced by the social impact of our project, the World Bank was our first client. I wish through all these initiatives to build a holding company to answer the problems met by the women. This is the principle of International Working Ladies Hub, a business accelerator that will provide them with the support, the necessary support, the access to finance … It is not enough to declare that in 2030, the majority of African women must be entrepreneurs. We must create a framework that not only allows these women to dream big, but also to make their dreams a reality.
Charlotte: I have been dedicated a very long time for women’s cause. This concern for women was born when I became a mother. Before that, I felt that the gender, in business, did not matter. But the birth of children, it is much more difficult to find a balance, the priorities change. Finding values beyond a generation has become essential. So I set up the Morgan Stanley women’s network in France. Having been appointed director when I was young, I had to carry out my responsibility as model and train other women in my path. I suggested that this network be expanded to include clients. The idea was welcomed with enthusiasm!