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.

As Summit Master of Ceremonies, Roshni Mooneeram, stated in her opening speech:

“...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. 




A big thank you to all our hard-working volunteers - you helped make our dream come true!


Katherine Magee

Elaine Bellezza

Kancou Camara

Hayat Kaderi

Khaoula El Idrissi Essebtey

Imane Amzil


Soukaina Barnichi

Kiki Cloutier

Karen Dalton

Roshi Mooneeram

Luna Idrissi

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