Creating job opportunities and building self-confidence for the most vulnerable women

The project

The “Les Essenti’Elles” program envisions a different approach to readying women for the workplace. The goal is to develop their skills and expand their employment opportunities with adapted sewing workshops and training that leads to certification. This project will also enable women on the job market to relearn how to take care of themselves, ensure their voices are heard and make decisions for themselves.

Fondation CHANEL is supporting the “Les Essenti’Elles” program implemented by Emmaüs Défi to empower women with a three-pronged approach: build women’s self-esteem in their job search with workshops on social esthetics, self-presentation and theater; train women in different sewing skills by creating a dedicated workshop; and teach them sales techniques to broaden their professional horizons.

The partner

Emmaüs Défi is a social innovation lab whose mission is to identify the best solutions to fight extreme social exclusion and enable everyone to find personal dignity and a role in society. Its main business activity is upcycling used objects.

Visit the partner site

Key indicators

Last update : 12/11/2018

number of employees who have been trained to acquire technical couture skills


number of women who reinforced their self confidence thank to self presentation workshops


number of women who followed sales trainings


WordPress Lightbox