The association ADIE, created in 1989, is adapting the principle of microcredit in France, to encourage social and economical inclusion for persons in precarious situations who do not have access to bank credit. They are then able to create their own business. ADIE finances the projects of these fragile entrepreneurs for an amount up to €10 000.
The Bourgogne-France-Comté region is in a difficult economic context and has many isolated rural areas focused on local economy. To support people living far from employment markets, the Carrefour Foundation funded ADIE in 2015 and 2016 for the development of the economic activity through microcredit.
Until now, the €200 000 funding for 2 years enabled to develop a local food sector by supporting 57 micro-entrepreneurs in agricultural production, food distribution and processing (food trade, catering).
Besides the financial support, those entrepreneurs benefit from accompaniment and follow-up to help them create their companies, clarify their offer, develop their networks by putting them in contact with potential rural and agricultural partners, and identify market opportunities.
Between 2006 and 2011, the Carrefour Foundation supported ADIE for a total amount of €260 000 to support the development of microcredit and the creation of micro franchises in France.