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Banquier solidaire by CA, un programme de volontariat pour les collaborateurs du groupe Crédit Agricole

September 2018 (France) – The skills volunteering programme “Banquier Solidaire by CA” by and between  Crédit Agricole SA and Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation was launched in June 2018.  Five missions have been planned for 2018.

 

First missions in Burkina Faso and Senegal

This is a unique partnership in the history of Crédit Agricole and the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation. With “Banquier Solidaire by CA,” the Group and the Foundation are capitalizing on their synergies and stepping up their action in favour of sustainable finance. The objective is to provide additional advice and guidance for the microfinance and social businesses supported by the Foundation via pro bono missions carried out by the staff of the Crédit Agricole Group.

The first mission under the “Banquier Solidaire by CA” programme was carried out in Burkina Faso, in cooperation with Crédit Agricole Assurances. Eduardo Cardoso de Miranda, an expert in borrowers insurance at CA Insurance, provided guidance and support for the Foundation during a due diligence exercise at CIF-VIE. Created in 2013 with the support of the RCPB, the main microfinance cooperative network in Burkina Faso, and the NGO ADA, CIF-VIE intervenes in the micro-insurance sector and holds 6% of the shares of the local market.  Taking a new step in its growth at this time, CIF-VIE is opening its capital to new shareholders. Thanks to the contributions by CA Assurance, the Foundation has been able to get a better understanding of the structure and to assess the possibility of investing in it. The assessment of the CIF-VIE financing file is in progress.  

A second mission was carried out in Senegal for the Laiterie du Berger, a social company in which the Foundation is a shareholder, which today supports more than 800 Peuls stockbreeders in the north of the country. With the support of Crédit Agricole Franche-Comté (shareholder of the Laiterie du Berger), Jonathan Michaud, an agricultural engineer from the Caisse Régionale, embarked on a technical assistance mission for two weeks. The aim was to structure an operating framework so as to be able to go from experimentation to deployment for 15 pilot mini-farms of the Laiterie du Berger. As a result of the mission, an action plan was formalized and a more ambitious cooperation was planned between Crédit Agricole Franche Comté and the Laiterie du Berger.

Upcoming missions in Cambodia, Morocco and Kazakhstan

A mission is planned for October in Cambodia, in conjunction with the Banque de Proximité à l’International (BPI). François Galland, International Human Resources Manager, will be 2 weeks in the field to help improve the HR management of Chamroeun, a micro-finance institution supported by the Foundation. The HR strategy that will be charted following the mission will be geared to providing support for the organization restructuring of Chamroeun, which today serves more than 25,200 clients in Cambodia, including 82% women.

Before the end of 2018, two other missions could be launched in favour of Al-Karama in Morocco and another microfinance institution in Kazakhstan. Al-Karama today serves more than 26,200 clients in Morocco.  It should benefit from financing and technical assistance under a cooperation scheme by and between the Foundation and Crédit du Maroc, including a mission of “Banquier Solidaire by CA” to improve its systems for the prevention of money laundering and financing of terrorism.  For its part, the microfinance institution of Kazakhstan wishes to develop its offer of products and services and will host a Crédit Agricole expert to help in this sense.

The commitment of the Crédit Agricole Group alongside the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation is being bolstered with “Banquier Solidaire by CA,” which marks the commitment of the mutual assistance Group for sustainable development to promote a more responsible and better shared economy.

Carolina Herrera, Communication and Partnerships Director,

& Killian Grippon, Partnerships Intern Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation