From idea to reality
Right now is a great time for professional retraining. It was both the desire for change and necessity that drove Andi Malanda, 35, to open an African grocery shop in Nantes last summer: “I was convinced that this type of shop, which was lacking in the Saint Joseph district, could be successful. I started thinking about it six years ago, when I saw the example of another local shop”. At the time, this mother of 4 children was still providing home care services, after having been a hospital worker for 8 years. In the little time she had left between family and professional life, she launched her own market study to research and assess the customer base for tropical products in the Saint Joseph district, where she herself moved in 2019.
Setting up the project
Her first budget forecast indicated that the project could work. But finding premises was more problematic. It took her almost three years.. “I started prospecting, but at the same time I didn’t have a bank to finance the premises”, explains Andi Malanda. As I was in contact with the Maison de la création in Nantes, I managed to set up an appointment with France Active. The advisor gave me what I was missing: a listening ear and the possibility of a guarantee. As my family provided me with capital, a bank finally approved my file and at the same time I found premises. ”
Focus on the Inclusion through Self-Employment programme:
In March 2021, France Active responded to a call for projects launched by the French Ministry of Labour, Employment and Integration. On this occasion, France Active extended its Creation Pact with new support modules for the most fragile entrepreneurs, focussing on 4 themes:
And for young people aged 18 to 30, a bonus of €3,000.
Was supported by
France Active Pays de la Loire