Follow our microfinance actions
05.09.2019 | CSR
BNP Paribas has been promoting microfinance for the past 30 years. Through this endeavour, BNP Paribas supports women entrepreneurs and encourages them to change the game. To celebrate its commitment, BNP Paribas today launches Little Big Movement, a digital exhibition that puts the spotlight on women around the world who were able to start their own company thanks to microloans.
BNP Paribas supports Social and Solidarity Economy players with the aim to contribute to fairer growth and promote the general interest through its actions. The Group helps to make women around the world financially independent by granting them microloans to fulfil their dreams. This commitment has enabled 1.8 million women to benefit from financial support and carry out their projects*.
The digital exhibition Little Big Movement is an immersive experience that tells the story of these women and a movement that puts them in control of their destiny in the ongoing interest of a social and solidarity economy. Through small actions, each on her own scale, these women play an active part in changing the world.
In a gallery of some 50 portraits, Little Big Movement invites you to meet Yao Ahou, Saiqa, Dede, Matilde, Johane, Ana, M’Barka, Rekha, Jani, Cristina and others who, with the support of BNP Paribas, were able to carry out their projects and change the course of their lives.
Microfinance gives millions of people who are excluded from the traditional banking system, access to financial services. Through its CSR approach, BNP Paribas has become the preferred partner of numerous microfinance institutions (MFIs).
This commitment, which started 30 years ago in Africa, has enabled over 2 million people to benefit from microloans. The Group has already financed 84 MFIs in 33 countries on 4 continents to the value of EUR 900 million*.
Microfinance also contributes to the Group’s actions in favour of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by promoting Goals 1, 2, 5, 8, 10 and 17.
* BNP Paribas estimated Microfinance figures since 1989.