The creation of Quickcash, her fierce will and her vision have earned Patricia Zoundi Yao recognition beyond the borders of Ivory Coast. She has also established herself as a leading figure in social entrepreneurship in Ivory Coast.
Her success as an entrepreneur led to her joining the Stanford Seed Programme (Stanford Graduate School of Business). The ambition of this programme is to end global poverty by supporting high-impact entrepreneurs, including Patricia Zoundi Yao7,8.
It has also enabled her to participate in numerous forums and summits, some of which are international, such as the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) in 2016, where she was able to meet and exchange views with the former President of the United States, Barack Obama, or the World Forum For a Responsible Economy, She also spoke at the 2019 Women Entrepreneurs Finance Initiative (WE-FI) West Africa Regional Summit, organised by the World Bank, the African Development Bank and the Islamic Development Bank, where she met Ivanka Trump.
Her determination and leadership was recognised and rewarded by UNCTAD in September 2019 when she was named an eTrade for Women Advocate by Dr Mukhisa Kituyi, Secretary-General of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. The title, awarded to seven women, including Patricia Zoundi Yao, recognises their role in bridging the gender gap through the creation of successful digital businesses, as well as the positive impact and wealth creation on their countries created by their vision and dedication, and builds on their work and passion to inspire other women digital entrepreneurs.
But Patricia Zoundi Yao is not only interested in fintech. Indeed, based on her past experiences and successes, she is now tackling a new challenge, combining her entrepreneurial skills, her commitment to rural areas and women’s empowerment and one of her great passions: agriculture. Since 2015, she has been working to create an inclusive model of sustainable agriculture.