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Female inclusion through digital in Benin

Creation of a digital training center to develop female entrepreneurship in the field

The Air Liquide Foundation is supporting Rescue and Hope, a Beninese NGO. Rescue and Hope improves the integration of Beninese women into the job market by developing their technical skills in digital and their employability.

Digital training center

Rescue and Hope has opened a digital training center in Cotonou, Benin, to promote female integration, empowerment and entrepreneurship through digital. 

100 women aged 15 to 50 are receiving training to develop their skills, retrain and enter the digital arena. 


Three types of training are provided:

  • A six-month training course in computing and office automation
  • A three-month refresher course in computing
  • A nine to 12-month vocational training course in computing to become developers and webmasters

The training is provided by computer experts.

Rescue and Hope

Digital feminization

Digital is a promising sector of innovations and growth, hence the benefit of women being trained in this field. Currently, only 6% of people working in digital in Benin are women.

The focus of the Rescue and Hope project is to raise young women's awareness of digital professions. The NGO holds information and education workshops on the challenges and opportunities of digital. In doing so, Rescue and Hope has managed to encourage women to embark upon new vocational avenues through digital.

The female side of Rescue and Hope

Rescue and Hope is a Beninese NGO founded in 2008. Its goal is to support vulnerable individuals through health, education, training and integration programs. 

In 2015, the Air Liquide Foundation supported a micro-entrepreneurship project led by the association with the creation of an agricultural product processing center managed by women. A total of 10 groups of 35 women benefit from the center's equipment. This helps to improve their working conditions and the quality and quantity of their productions.

How the Air Liquide Foundation is participating

The Air Liquide Foundation supports Rescue and Hope by participating in the purchase of digital equipment for the training center.