More than 1,500 women working in the agricultural sector have been integrated into the National Social Security Fund

Today, Ahmini managed to obtain more than 1500 unique identifiers for the social coverage of women working in the agricultural sector distributed throughout country.

Despite the difficult circumstances and not achieving the desired goal, it is considered a slight success in the journey of the Ahmini.

Moreover the number of women working in the agricultural sector registered in the system has reached more than 15,000 women.

How can human capital and technology save lives from COVID-19? This young entrepreneur is finding answers

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic hit his country, Tunisia, Meher Khelifi knew exactly what needed to be done to save lives. After all, he has already developed a solution to save the lives of thousands of rural women by enrolling them in the social security system and enabling them, for the first time, to gain access to the health care to which they and their families are entitled.

After Meher’s late mom, Fatouma, passed away from a disease she could not afford to treat because she had to choose between her own health and her children’s education, Meher’s only goal was to ensure that no other rural women would ever have to make this sacrifice again. The World Bank’s Empower Her program was the right opportunity for Meher to pursue his goal. After succeeding in a nation-wide youth competition and completing a series of intensive training in entrepreneurship, financial management, leadership, and other skill-building sessions organized by the World Bank, Meher launched his Empower Her technological solution called “Ahmini” (meaning “Protect Me”). Today, and less than a year later, about 23,000 rural women working in the agriculture sector are registered with Ahmini. The target is to reach 500,000 rural women in the next few years.

Meher has innovated once again to address the negative impact of the pandemic on rural women, who are mostly affected by job losses and food price increases as well as shortages of essential products such as flour and semoulina[i], and who are vulnerable to health risks. He is using modern technology and creating “Ahmini Light” with other partners. This application has come to the rescue of rural women, who no longer had any source of livelihood. It creates a connection that links rural women with associations and citizens to receive necessary food supplies from the nearest point of sale with dignity and at no cost.

Photo: Ahmini-Light application
Photo: COVID-19 tracking application

Meher’s tech solutions did not stop there: he has also managed to create ways to protect rural women through awareness audio-recordings or direct calls to teach them about the preventive measures needed to save themselves and their households from contracting COVID-19. Given his tech-savviness, he was requested to create an app that tracks quarantined citizens returning from overseas to raise their awareness about the required measures.

The interior regions of Tunisia are rich in human capital and tech-savvy youth like Meher. Investing in these young people is investing in the society as a whole.

Note: Ahmini’s work on easing access to social security and social assistance fits within a broader World Bank Group agenda supported by the First Resilience and Recovery Development Policy Financing (DPF, US$175 million), submitted for the Board of Executive Directors’ approval on June 12, 2020. Under this DPF, reform actions are expected to promote a sound and rapid development of digital payment services in Tunisia.  Government to person (G2P) digital payments are expected to increase, particularly in social security and social services. 

A meeting with Mrs. Asma Al-Shiri, Minister of Women, Family, Childhood and the Elderly

A new vision and strategy for Ahmini , with the participation of all national institutions and organizations under the supervision and support of Mrs. Asma al-Shiri, Minister of Women, Family, Childhood, and the Elderly. Evaluation is the basis for progress and success .
Thank you, Mrs. Minister, for hosting and your positive interaction, and your concern for the advancement of women in the rural environment.
Today is the beginning of a new hope for a better tomorrow, God willing. Thank you, Hella Ben Youssef Ouardani, and all the personals present today.

A meeting with Mr. Mohamed Bourguiba, the governor of Kairouan

Only a few days separate us from returning to the field.

Thank you for your support of the project.

The second meeting with Mr. Salim El-Aazabi, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation

The second meeting … and the second good news when you find someone to listen to you. My meeting today focused on Mr. Salim El-Aazabi, Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, on the progress of the Ahmini project at the national and international level, and all the problems which the project in Tunisia faced were raised after the great Popularity which has The project saw at a world level. The Minister also expressed his support for the project and declared himself ready to intervene to resolve the current situation of its progress and integrate women working in the agricultural sector.

Thank you Mr. Salim El-Aazabi for your positive interaction

A meeting with Mr. Osama Al-Khriji, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries

The experience of management and administration interacts with the aspirations of young people … the result is the benefit of this  country and the people.
Today’s meeting is a new start for tomorrow, the best, with God’s willing, with Mr. Osama Al-Khriji, Minister of Agriculture and Marine Fisheries.
Thanks to Mr. Osama Al-Khriji.