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Program JOKWA

Digital inclusion to fight poverty in Congo.


Despite the fact that the number of cell phone users in Africa is increasing, the benefits of digital financial inclusion are not yet fully realized. Sub-Saharan Africa will have over 600 million unique subscribers by 2025.

The mobile contributes to economic growth and job creation and yet the majority of the population does not know how to use digital tools.

Many efforts have been made in sub-Saharan Africa by the development of digital inclusion.

Des essors fulgurants sont observés dans le commerce en ligne, le divertissement, ainsi que la conception et le lancement d'applications répondant à des besoins spécifiques, notamment dans les zones rurales.

Dans de nombreux pays, désormais, les agriculteurs peuvent se renseigner en temps réel sur les cours des produits sur les marchés. Ou encore, suivre via des applications dédiées, à la gestion de leur bétail, en vue d'améliorer leur production laitière – et donc leurs revenus. Et pourtant beaucoup reste encore à faire dans l'ensemble des pays.


It is in this context that Sud Développement and the Auxence & Justine Ickonga Foundation will launch a digital education training program for the populations of the city of Makoua in northern Congo.

This digital inclusion training program will thus participate in reducing inequalities, thereby significantly reducing the digital divide in the region.

Enable as many people as possible to know how to use mobile phones to access applications that will improve their daily lives in terms of health, education, business and financial inclusion.

The empowerment of women in some countries, and the generalization of the electronic wallet have had a scale effect on women entrepreneurs, by securing their income. This success must be extended to certain areas, or even to all countries.

The JOKWA program will place particular emphasis on the digital training of women and young people. According to the United Nations objective: Access to the Internet for the greatest number of people, which is one of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Edith NKEOUA ICKONGA

President of the Auxence & Justine Ickonga's Foundation


Working in the economic empowerment of women is one of the Foundation's priorities. The A&J Ickonga Foundation will set up programs that will have the direct consequence of acting on the levers that will better fight against poverty as well as gender equality through pilot projects.

The conference of November 25, 2021, will lay the groundwork for the vast programs that we are going to develop in Africa, particularly in Makoua, in the north of Congo Brazzaville. "Empower women so that they can exploit new economic opportunities, because I remain convinced in the view of the numerous data, of the need for gender equality which undeniably contributes to sustainable development".

That the exchanges of these meetings, above all make it possible to put in place concrete and lasting actions for the countries of the South as a priority.



Eliane GUIGUI ICKONGA

Founder and CEO of the agency Féerie & Prestige or « la magie d'un grand jour »


Company created in 2008 and based in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and specialized in events. Like boutique or store launches, organization of corporate seminars, weddings, baptisms, private or corporate birthdays ...) xxx helps to create events from the driving idea to the complete realization. Whether they are private or professional events, Ms. Eliane Guigui has developed a team of professionals who support her in meeting clients' needs.

She understood that events have become an essential communication tool for connecting people. For years, she has developed an expertise in events in Côte d'Ivoire, she designs and organizes à la carte events. It provides several services in the services: Caterers, room and equipment rental xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx.

As Vice-President of the Auxence & Justine Ickonga Foundation, she is involved in the development projects initiated, which will further empower women in Africa. And her she will be particularly concerned with the economic and social empowerment of young girls, to fight against poverty and marginalization.





TSUNGAI Masendeke

Founder and Director Deutrofin Wealth & Moms and Money


Academic Achievements Member of the Financial Planning Institute 2019 PGDip Financial Planning (UFS) 2016 B. Bus Science Finance (UCT) 2010 CFA Level II Candidate 2015 Competencies Data and Financial Analysis Investment and Retirement Planning Tax Planning Risk Planning Estate Planning Business Continuity Strategy Formulation Background Tsungai is a financial planner who is passionate about minimizing the wealth inequality gap through empowering individuals and corporates with financial coaching, planning and the implementation of effective strategies to enhance wealth management.

She believes that « sharing financial information and using various planning tools is pivotal in unlocking the financial potential of the current generation ». She is an exhibitor of strong inter-personal, communication and net-working capabilities which she uses to maintain long lasting business relationships and networks. As an ingenious problem-solver with expert analytical skills she uses this to help her clients to create sustainable wealth.


Prior to starting her financial planning practice, Deutrofin Wealth, Tsungai worked for a leading global T-News and analytics company where she held various positions such as a senior Earnings Estimates Analyst, Syndicated Loans Analyst and Mutual Funds Analyst. Tsungai enjoys uplifting women.

Moms and Money

Moms and Money is a woman empowerment and financial literacy program designed to help moms with the tools, resources and strategies they need in order to make informed financial decisions. Our aim is to change the paradigm about money so that moms see it as an enabler not an inhibitor and this shift starts with changes in the mindset. Napoleon once said, "Give me an educated mother, I promise you the birth of a civilised, educated nation." We say, "Educate a mom on money, we promise to show you a wealthy..." Voir le site web.



Mme Virginie YOKA

Commerçante à Makoua (Rép. du Congo)


Makoua ville du Nord du Congo Brazzaville situé dans la région de la cuvette, traversée par l'équateur à plus de 600 Km de Brazzaville, anciennement appelée ville de Lumière, où les femmes rurales se déplacent beaucoup à bicyclette pour retrouver les champs.

C'est dans cette ville que vit Mme Virginie YOKA commerçante au Marché de la ville de 30.000 Habitants. Elle a commencé à vendre de manière informelle en 1996, passionnée par cette activité qui lui permettait de subvenir aux besoins de sa famille ; elle décida en 2016 de s'installer dans la boutique du marché qu'elle occupe jusqu'à ce jour. Elle paye sa patente.

Aujourd'hui elle est déclarée, et elle possède un compte bancaire.





TSUNGAI Masendeke

Founder and Director Deutrofin Wealth & Moms and Money


Academic Achievements Member of the Financial Planning Institute 2019 PGDip Financial Planning (UFS) 2016 B. Bus Science Finance (UCT) 2010 CFA Level II Candidate 2015 Competencies Data and Financial Analysis Investment and Retirement Planning Tax Planning Risk Planning Estate Planning Business Continuity Strategy Formulation Background Tsungai is a financial planner who is passionate about minimizing the wealth inequality gap through empowering individuals and corporates with financial coaching, planning and the implementation of effective strategies to enhance wealth management.

She believes that « sharing financial information and using various planning tools is pivotal in unlocking the financial potential of the current generation ». She is an exhibitor of strong inter-personal, communication and net-working capabilities which she uses to maintain long lasting business relationships and networks. As an ingenious problem-solver with expert analytical skills she uses this to help her clients to create sustainable wealth.


Prior to starting her financial planning practice, Deutrofin Wealth, Tsungai worked for a leading global T-News and analytics company where she held various positions such as a senior Earnings Estimates Analyst, Syndicated Loans Analyst and Mutual Funds Analyst. Tsungai enjoys uplifting women.

Moms and Money

Moms and Money is a woman empowerment and financial literacy program designed to help moms with the tools, resources and strategies they need in order to make informed financial decisions. Our aim is to change the paradigm about money so that moms see it as an enabler not an inhibitor and this shift starts with changes in the mindset. Napoleon once said, "Give me an educated mother, I promise you the birth of a civilised, educated nation." We say, "Educate a mom on money, we promise to show you a wealthy..." Voir le site web.



Aicha Farida BOUBAKARY AHIDJO

IFC's Investment Officer, based in Dakar (Senegal)


For the last 10 years, Aicha has been advising Governments, and project developers in the infrastructure sector in Sub-Saharan. Originally from Cameroon and France, she grew up between Senegal and France and she is currently Investment Officer at IFC in Dakar. She is involved in the origination and execution of Public-Private Partnership (PPP) transaction advisory mandates in Sub-Saharan Africa. She has participated in the structuring of infrastructure projects and their implementation through international tenders, in Health, Water, Transport and Energy sector including Scaling Solar projects in Senegal, Niger, Togo, Madagascar and Ivory Coast. She has also participated in PPP institutional reform proposals and PPP portfolio development in Senegal, Guinea, Djibouti and Burkina-Faso. In addition of PPP projects implementation and business development, Aicha is Regional Gender Lead for the IFC Transaction Advisory Department - PPP in Africa and promotes gender considerations' inclusion in implementation of PPPs.

Prior to joining IFC, Aicha was a financial analyst at Blackpearl Finance (formerly BMCE Capital West Africa), an investment bank and at Investisseurs & Partenaires (I&P), an impact investing group fully dedicated to Sub-Saharan Africa.


Aicha holds a Master degree in Finance from the Bordeaux Management School and two Bachelor degrees in Finance and Business Administration from IPAG Business School (France) and the University of Hertfordshire (UK).




Vani KOLA

Founder and Managing Director of Kalaari Capital


Kalaari Capital is one of India's leading early-stage venture capital firms.

Vani has successfully led more than 30 investments at Kalaari in e-commerce, gaming, digital content, healthcare and more. Some of her successes include Dream11, Myntra, Cure.fit, and Snapdeal.

Vani is on the board of several companies that are redefining the landscape of Indian business.

Vani Kola has been profiled in numerous books and has been identified as one of Fortune India's 'Most Powerful Women in Business.' She is also supporting various organizations fostering entrepreneurship and woman leadership.



Sugandha AGARWAL

Founder, Docttocare


Sugandha is a young businesswoman and the founder of Docttocare. Docttocare is an online healthcare service provider that provides information to its users about the best doctors, clinics, hospitals, and diagnostic centers. Docttocare also offers virtual walkthroughs of the hospitals and their facilities.

Sugandha has worked with companies like Infosys, Oracle, and Google Maps before founding Docttocare. Sugandha is an electrical & communication engineer by qualification. She manages a team of 15 people who make Docttocare better everyday.





Joséphine GOUBE

CEO of Techfugees


Interested in the fate of refugees in Europe, Joséphine created the NGO Techfugees in 2015. The organization aims to coordinate the response of the tech community to the needs of refugees by organizing conferences, workshops, hackathons and meetings around the world.

Techfugees has over 11,000 members today.


Interpellée par le sort des réfugiés en Europe, Joséphine a créé l'ONG Techfugees en 2015. L'organisation a pour but de coordonner la réponse de la communauté tech aux besoins des réfugiés en organisant des conférences, ateliers, hackathons et rencontres autour du monde.

Techfugees compte plus de 11 000 membres aujourd'hui.



Roxanne VARTZA et Mounia RKHA

Co-fondatrices de StartHer


Roxanne Varza, current director of Station F and Mounia Rkha, Venture capitalist at ISAI, in 2010 launched the French branch of Girls in Tech and, in 2016, given the success of female entrepreneurship in France, they decided to launch StartHer.

StartHer gives visibility and arouses tech and entrepreneurial vocations among young girls and women, through events, content, education, a network and an international community.


Roxanne Varza, actuelle directrice de Station F et Mounia Rkha, Venture capitalist chez ISAI, lancent en 2010 la branche Française de Girls in Tech et, en 2016, vu le succès de l'entrepreneuriat au féminin en France, elles décident de lancer StartHer.

StartHer donne de la visibilité et suscite des vocations tech et entrepreneuriales chez les jeunes filles et les femmes, grâce à des évènements, du contenu, de l'éducation, un réseau et une communauté internationale.





Suchi MUKHERJEE

Founder of LimeRoad


Suchi Mukherjee founded LimeRoad in 2012. LimeRoad is a social-commerce site where products are shared and sold. These offerings are targeted directly towards the woman community. LimeRoad is the fastest growing fashion platform today.

Suchi Mukherjee studied economics at the School of Cambridge and completed her master's degree in economics and finance from London. She was part of the early team building out the UK business for eBay, an executive management team member at Skype, and a managing director at Gumtree.

She was among the 15 women voted for 'Rising Talent – Global Leaders Under 40' at the World Women's Forum in Paris in 2010 for her contributions in scaling businesses encompassing consumer technology.



Mak' Business Women Club

The economic empowerment of women in Makoua, a city of 35,000 inhabitants located in northern Congo Brazzaville.


Women are true entrepreneurs in rural areas, they produce 80% of the food and do most of the work in warehousing, transporting and marketing products. They are a real economic force, but they need more support in order to make a better living from their work.

They are open to engaging in new activities such as processing, marketing and exporting their products, which can create new markets and new means of subsistence.

In order to improve their production methods, the Auxence & Justine Ickonga Foundation has created Mak'Business Women Club. To eradicate the social barriers that can hinder women's access to knowledge and the creation of income-generating activities, but also to train them in the management of their economic activities, encourage them to leave the informal sector, help them to produce better, sell well and organize the export of their products. We are going to create production labels for Terroirlié products at the geographical origin of Makoua.


Investing in women is a pledge to fight against poverty, to achieve this we must actively involve them in the development of the city of Makoua. Because they are the ones who feed, care for and educate children.