For the first time, attendees from 35 countries across 5 continents came together
to support women-led social enterprises in craft/textile and natural cosmetics
from Africa + Middle East for a Trade + Investment Summit in Morocco.
In September 2016, attendees from 5 continents came together for five days in Morocco to support women-led social enterprises in the craft and natural skincare sectors from Africa and the Middle East. The inaugural Trade+Impact Summit & Trade Expo was centered around three key themes: leadership in social enterprises, technology and design, and trade and investment.
“...Trade+Impact is creating the key conditions that will allow women from Africa to the architects of their own lives and those of their communities. Trade+Impact is advocating for action that has the potential to change the course of history.”
Throughout the Summit, the call for growth and change was made, barriers between an underrepresented market and economic empowerment were broken, and a vibrant, vital community of social entrepreneurs and their advocates was built. And after it’s end, the energy of the Summit has carried through to today.
Looking ahead, T+I is preparing for the next Summit, where another cohort of social enterprises will be introduced to future customers and business clients from around the world.
As Roshni said: “..may this journey take us to local, regional, and global partnerships that put strategies, tools, and networks at the service of women entrepreneurs.”
"A very important conversation was started..."
"A lot of time and care for discussion and learning."
"Attendees from 35 countries over 5 continents."
"Right buyers looking for ethically made products."
"I melted into the beauty of craft..."
"Incredibly high quality and varied exhibitors."
"Powerful social story behind all the brands."
"Camaraderie, the sense we have started a movement."
"Connecting with so many people having extraordinary personal and professional journeys."
Trade+Impact Morocco Partners
From the bottom of our hearts, a big thank you goes out to all our partners for the 2016 Trade+Impact Summit and Trade Expo in Morocco. Without you, it would not have been possible.
CORE TEAM FOR TRADE+IMPACT MOROCCO 2016
A big thank you to all our hard-working volunteers - you helped make our dream come true!
Khaoula El Idrissi Essebtey
The Al Akhawayan University Students
And we cannot forget our Country Impact Ambassadors - thank you for all your hard work!
Annig Barret, Botswana
Michele Yakice, Côte D'Ivoire
Annie Kashamura, DRC
Marwa Abdel Aziz, Egypt
Rosalin Abigail Kyere-Narty, Ghana
Goodie Odhiambo, Kenya
Mampho Tjabane, Lesotho
Nancy Obi, Liberia
Towera Jalaski, Malawi
Megha Venketasamy, Mauritius
Karin LeRoux, Namibia
Olasumbu Adeleke, Nigeria
Nadia Abu Ghattas, Palestine
Maryam Al Subaiey, Qatar
Jean Baptiste Hategekimana, Rwanda
Eugenie Drakes, South Africa
Julie Nixon, Swaziland
Samia Al Sayed, Syria
Candide Leguede, Togo
Joephine Wanyara, Uganda
Sandra Kasono, Zambia
Gail Mawocha, Zimbabwe