Empowering women in Africa
Coca‑Cola enables female entrepreneurs in Africa to establish thriving businesses
It can be tough for female entrepreneurs with families to set up their own profitable businesses from scratch anywhere in the world, and Africa presents its own unique challenges.
Coca-Cola's Micro Distribution Centres (MDC) are locally-owned businesses that distribute and sell our drinks in small, hard-to-reach areas in Africa. More than 30 per cent of these are currently owned and managed by women and we are actively encouraging the development of key skills to encourage increased female entrepreneurship.
MDC owners and busy mums
We took two mums from Great Britain out to meet two female entrepreneurs in Africa. See how they got on in this video:
In September 2009 Coca-Cola committed to foster economic development in Africa and other developing markets by bringing more women into our distribution business. We have pledged that 50% of all new MDCs established in Africa over the next three years will be run by women.
President Clinton said of the ongoing work by Coca-Cola to support women: "The Coca-Cola Company's Micro Distribution Centres model is an excellent example of the way companies can leverage core business activities to provide opportunities for women and developing communities."
The facts about MDCs
Find out more about the Coca-Cola Micro Distribution Centre network.