Adie is a French not-for-profit organisation, the first micro-credit institution in France, but also in Western Europe.
Adie uses microfinance to provide wide access to credit, more precisely to the people and communities who are financially excluded and/or under-privileged. Adie allows individuals who are excluded from the labor market to create their own profitable jobs and regain independence and dignity.
Adie was created in 1989 by Maria Nowak who adapted to France the principle of Microcredit. This financial mechanism is inspired by the Grameen Bank created in Bangladesh by Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner in 2006 and has been widely proven in developing countries, Asia, Africa and Latin America. Today, millions of people around the world live off their work through this type of funding.