30 June 2024

In 2018, the Foundation and Crédit Agricole S.A. launched the solidarity bankers program, a skills volunteering scheme open to all Crédit Agricole Group employees. This technical assistance program is designed to support microfinance institutions and social impact businesses financed by the Foundation.

Anthony Maudoux, Head of IT Security at Crédit Agricole de la Corse, and Luc Carcenac, Head of Logistics at Crédit Agricole du Languedoc, led a 10-day field mission to the RENACA microcredit institution in Benin in November 2023.

Anthony Maudoux and Luc Carcenac were tasked with strengthening the institution’s cybersecurity. To achieve this, they had to deliver a complete diagnosis of the information system’s security and the cyber risks incurred, a penetration test report and cyber security recommendations, a strategy for dealing with existing attacks and vulnerabilities, and finally a roadmap for implementing the new digital and cyber risk management strategy. The aim was to provide operational tools in line with RENACA’s resources.

“The Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation has entrusted us with helping this microfinance institution to develop their digital processes and open up to the Internet. Above all, it’s a human adventure based on our attachment to the great causes defended by the Grameen Crédit Agricole Foundation.” Anthony Maudoux and Luc Carcenac

RENACA in Benin, is a union of cooperatives supported by the Foundation since 2013, targeting low-income and vulnerable populations in rural areas. RENACA offers more than 55,400 customers dedicated savings and credit products. The offer relies on a mobile application and the use of tablets, for secure and reliable customer transactions.

The solidarity bankers program aims to support these microfinance players through technical assistance, and to enhance the skills of Group employees involved in projects with a strong social impact.