Essma Ben Hamida

Essma Ben Hamida


Co-Founder and Executive Director of Enda Inter-Arabe and President of the Sanabel Microfinance network of Arab countries.

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Sub-Saharan Africa

Essma Ben Hamida is director of Enda Inter-Arabe (Enda), which she co-founded in 1990 with Michael Cracknell and President of the microfinance network of Arab countries Sanabel.In 1995, Enda launched the first microcredit institution in Tunisia, which today reaches around 40,000 active clients, mainly women, in the poor areas of Tunisia.

Previously, Essma worked as a secondary school teacher and as a TV journalist/reporter. She opened the first bureau of the national press agency, TAP, in New York at the United Nations. From 1981 to 1989 she worked with the International Foundation for Development Alternatives (IFDA) and with the Third World Press agency, Inter- Press Service, in Rome and Geneva. During this time, she visited Palestinian people living
in the Occupied Territories and wrote a series of articles on their conditions; the latter were published in booklet form by Third World Network under the title, "Behind the Palestinian Uprising", in English, Chinese and Malay.

Essma Ben Hamida earned degrees in history, geography and completed one post-graduate year in urban planning.