TRAIN & TRAVEL WITH WOMEN FOR AFRICA (TTWFA) is a social enterprise bringing women travelers and entrepreneurs together around projects for the sole purpose of African Women’s Economic Empowerment.
We had the opportunity to email interview the Founder of TTWFA, Benedicte Joan who’s part of the Africans Building Africa Community.
- Tell us about yourself and your organization
I am Benedicte Joan, the Founder of Train & Travel with Women For Africa (TTWFA), a social enterprise registered under French Law bringing together women travelers and women entrepreneurs around training & travel projects to support Women’s Economic Empowerment in Africa.
This approach is unique in a way that it develops both extensive training and tourism within one project. Additionally over the project, the entrepreneurs will be supported In Enterprise by the travelers. We guarantee to both our travelers and entrepreneurs that they will experience adventure and cultural exchange. To guarantee quality, we also encourage individuality and innovation of our future staff. Annual reports, travelers and entrepreneurs feedback shall help us to improve our projects quality over the years.
The experience that I acquired in training and travel dates back to my travels in over 50 countries and to three years of management through Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea where I held the position of International Coordination and Entrepreneurial Trainer in a reputed NGO and that is why my love for travel and having 5 years of transferable skills such as people relationship management/leadership in both public and private sectors, address the fun Train & Travel part of my project. Having a straightforward personality gives me the ability to lead teams and create an environment oriented towards trust, open communication, creative thinking and cohesive team training. I am skilled at coaching and supporting members of staff from all areas of the enterprise and creating training programs that meet the company’s targets for the services they provide.
- How much did you need to start your organization and how were you able to raise that capital?
75,000 € , we are a start-up so we are still in the process of raising this capital (between if you want to support the project do get in touch).
- What are some of the challenges you face in your organization and how do you overcome those challenges?
The French Admin part – honestly its a labyrinth on getting accreditations.
- Where do you see your organization in 5 years from now and what steps are you taking today to reach that objective?
Our Vision is to support Women’s Economic Empowerment by organizing 200 international solidarity projects by 2020 in Niger, Benin, Togo and Ghana.
To achieve this objective, we travel in places where gender inequality is on the breadline. This is solidarity. We adapt to women-led enterprises for them to succeed and use various resources to Train.
- What advice would you give other entrepreneurs looking to start a business in Africa?
Do not listen to negative thoughts but be surrounded by the positives one.
LinkedIn: Benedicte Joan