The non-profit organisation sparkles.lu was founded in May 2014. Our objective is to help women to develop their business activities in parts of the world where access to finance is poor or inexistent. We empower women to improve their future and we support their emancipation through work.
It is a fact that women entrepreneurs invest the profits from their businesses in ways that have a longer-lasting, more profound impact on the lives of their families and communities than men. Researches confirm that the key economic priorities for poor women continue to be - to a far greater extent than for men - health care, the education of their children, and housing.
We support these women by granting them microcredits via microfinance platforms. Indeed, microfinance seeks to provide credit to poor entrepreneurs with no assets to pledge as collateral and who, consequently, were denied access to capital by the formal banking sector.
We help women build an economic safety net.
Maud Majerus, founder and president
Maud is working in an European institution in Luxembourg. She has always been sensitive to the cause of women, especially in under-developed countries. At the occasion of the International Women’s Day 2014, she attended a speech of the Turkish writer Elif Shafak. This inspired Maud to create the non-profit organisation which mission would be to support female entrepreneurs around the world.
Maud holds a Master degree in Translation from the Ecole d’Interprètes Internationaux (Belgium). She has a daughter.
Claude Decartes, vice-president
Claude is working in an European institution in Luxembourg. She was an active member of the Lion's Club for many years and has always been keen on helping for the good cause. Joining sparkles.lu was for her an evident step as a woman but also because she finds sparkles.lu's mission very honourable.
Claude holds a Bachelor in Tourism from Institut Arthur Haulot in Brussels. She is married and has a son.
Arianna Volpin, treasurer
Arianna is working in a European institution in Luxembourg. She was looking for volunteering for an organization which could have a concrete impact in the society. She decided to join sparkles.lu after being inspired by Maud’s speech about empowering women entrepreneurship in less developed countries. Sparkles.lu represents for her a great example of a charity organization which can reach social objectives using a financial tool like microfinance.
Arianna holds a Master degree in Applied Economics and Economic Policy (Italy) and she is a member of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).
sparkles.lu is managed rigorously and transparently. Our accounts are controlled annually, guaranteeing that your donations are put to good use.