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In the French Indre region, the ESF is helping older jobseekers to set up in business for themselves

The Indre department in central France has more than 4 800 jobseekers aged 50+ and their number is growing every year. To help this group, the Indre Initiative Association – building on a successful earlier programme for women entrepreneurs – has launched an ESF co-funded project to help older people (45+ years) set themselves up as self-employed business people. A free-of-charge training session is the first step, after which the Association follows the progress of the participants as they set up their own businesses – offering help and individual guidance where needed. This includes meetings with local business leaders and access to Indre Initiative’s network of 300 partners – including bankers and legal experts among others.