What is Saidiana?
What We Do
At Saidiana, we elevate the long-term economic well-being of Congolese women by helping them build thriving, sustainable businesses through micro-grants and skilled training programs. This allows these enterprising women – previously without the means to break the cycle of poverty – to provide the basic necessities for their children and enrich their own lives while benefitting their communities – now and into the future.
Join our efforts in this ongoing project to raise $10,000 and purchase this vital renewable energy source.
Solar Panel Campaign
Among the many grievances the women of the Congo endure, such as poverty, lack of food and water, crime, and rape, lack of electricity is one of the most prominent. To alleviate this burden, we want to purchase solar panels. This renewable energy source will provide the women in our programs better working conditions, allowing them to run their businesses more effectively and efficiently. The electricity generated from the solar panels will be used to run freezers that preserve yields from our Farming Cooperative, illuminate our trade school classrooms, and power other small businesses, all in a sustainable and affordable manner. Each solar panel costs $10,000. We will be putting all of the money raised in this fundraiser toward buying solar panels.
Family Members Impacted
Previous Successful Partnerships with Congolese Women
We are committed to improving the long-term economic well-being of Congolese women. Read one of the success stories below to learn more:
A group of thirty rural women who collectively own more than fifty acres of land were looking for ways to increase their yields and improve their laborious working conditions. They farm cassava roots, soybeans, and various vegetables and nuts for domestic consumption and commercial purposes. Our $1,000 grant was used to purchase seeds, a plow, and other farm equipment to increase yields, productivity, and overall revenue.
Five women who previously participated in Saidiana’s Young Moms Hair School wanted to start a salon where the school’s graduates could work. To create this sustainable business and promise employment for future graduates, the women applied for a $4,200 microgrant to purchase hair chairs, dryers, washbasins, and a professional trainer for four months. With Saidiana’s financial support, they were able to establish this salon, delivering the promise of financial stability.
A cooperative of 5 women who provide for 41 people had been preparing their dough manually and baking it in a wood stove. After securing a contract with a local mining company that required them to produce 1,000 loaves per day for the mine’s workers, the women applied for a Saidiana grant. To meet this new demand, they needed to purchase an electric oven and mixer. Our financial support allowed these women to expand their business and increase their income.
See Saidiana women in action: