Cartier: Strong Women, Big Ideas

by Pressroom

Meet the women who have been making a big impact on the world through 15 years of the Cartier Women’s Initiative programme.

For the past 15 years, Cartier has been championing women entrepreneurs through its Cartier Women’s Initiative (CWI) programme – by highlighting their achievements, providing financial, social and human capital, and building leadership skills.

Each year, a handful of female business owners, or “laureates” as they are known in, are selected for creating startup businesses that serve as catalysts for change and growth within their communities and the larger society.

Since it was set up in 2006, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has supported 262 women impact entrepreneurs hailing from 62 countries and has awarded a total of $6,440,000 in prize money to support their businesses.

To mark the 15th anniversary of the program, the Cartier Women’s Initiative has placed “Impact” at the heart of its 2022 edition – looking back on the programme’s evolution and its positive achievements.

In celebration of the programme’s success, nine former laureates whose businesses have achieved significant impact over the years have been selected, covering three award categories: Improving Lives, Preserving the Planet and Creating Opportunities.

Meet the Women

Improving Lives

Rasha Rady, Egypt, Chefaa

Chefaa has created an AI-powered, GPS-enabled digital platform to help chronic patients order, schedule, and refill their recurring medicines regardless of location or income.

Nneka Mobisson, Nigeria, mDoc

A mobile platform that provides people living with chronic disease with 24/7 access to virtual healthcare providers

Temie Giwa Tubosun, Nigeria, LifeBank

A medical distribution company that uses data and technology to discover and deliver essential medical products to hospitals in Nigeria.

Preserving the Planet

Joanne Howarth, Australia, Planet Protector Packaging

Planet Protector Packaging manufactures environmentally responsible insulated packaging made from sheep waste wool for transport of temperature-sensitive goods.

Lorna Rutto, Kenya, EcoPost

EcoPost manufactures durable fencing posts using plastic waste, an environmentally friendly alternative to timber.

Charlotte Wang, China, EQuota Energy

EQuota is an energy optimization company that combines artificial intelligence and big data to deliver energy efficiency solutions.

Creating Opportunities

Carmina Bayombong, Philippines, InvestEd

An investment platform providing student loans to underserved youth using a proprietary credit rating algorithm.

Carol Chyau, China, Shokay

Shokay produces children’s clothes and accessories, home furnishings and yarn using yak fibre purchased directly from the region’s herder.

Fariel Salahuddin, Pakistan, UpTrade

A bartering service enabling off-grid rural

Images courtesy of Cartier, artwork by Curatedition. All rights reserved.

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Cartier Women’s Initiative Awards

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