ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Social entrepreneurs are super heroes!: Sarah Toumi at TEDxBarcelonaWomen

ENTREPRENEUR BIZ TIPS: Social entrepreneurs are super heroes!: Sarah Toumi at TEDxBarcelonaWomen

Here’s Great Tip: Social entrepreneurs are super heroes!: Sarah Toumi at TEDxBarcelonaWomen


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Aged 24, Sarah Toumi has been involved in the associative life since she was a young girl. Indignation pushed her to act since her childhood, when she saw the effects of the embargo in Iraq during family travels there, or she witnessed how her female cousins had a reduced access to education, under the pretext of preserving the family’s ‘honour’.This girl, that believes that she has her word to say, finds herself in a society where she is asked to shut her mouth : this is the beginning of a fight that she is leading until now to empower women.

Sarah won the “Ashoka Youth – Changemakers” prize for her project ‘Acacias for All’, which fights desertification, poverty and gender inequality in Tunisia. Today 483 women are involved in this project which aims at helping Tunisian women from rural poor areas to plant acacias from Senegal and Moringa in order to fight against the effects of desertification. At the same time, these women can have additional revenues through the selling the Arabic gum produced by these trees, as well as technical training and financial support for the creation of cooperatives in each village concerned.

Meanwhile, Sarah has created DREAM, an incubator for social, environmental and solidarity projects for Parisian students. This incubator accompanies and puts in contact young social entrepreneurs and volunteers who want to offer their skills for a better society.

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