LETTER FROM THE BOARD
Dear all, In light of the global health pandemic that has been developing over the last few weeks and months, it is crucial that we take time to take care of ourselves and our communities. Our employees in the Democratic Republic of Congo shared the following with us, and we wanted to relay the message to you: “Hello everyone! As of now, there are four people in Kinshasa who have already tested positive for Covad-19, otherwise, we are in good health… The President has said to close all schools, offices, churches, bars, etc. We really don’t know how we are going to make do.”Saidiana has decided to send our employees in the Congo an advance on their salaries through the end of August so that they can prepare their homes and families during this uncertain time. Thank you again for your continued support of Saidiana and our team. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns. For COVID-19 updates, please visit the CDC website.
NEW PROJECT UPDATE
We are excited to announce that we have funded two new projects.
The first project was proposed by five women who are all beauty salon school graduates. They want to start a salon where all beauty salon school graduates can go to work. To start, they will be purchasing hair chairs, hairdryers, a washbasin, a cabinet, and a professional trainer for four months. We are so proud to see these women taking the initiative to be able to put their newfound skills to work! The second project was proposed by three women who would like to grow their business of chicken-raising. They are seeking to expand through building a coup with bricks and cement. This coup will have a window and a roof. During this building period, they will also be using their grant funding for vaccination expenses, purchasing more chickens, transportation, and paying rent. We are so excited to support these women in continuing their ventures.
KNOW ANYONE INTERESTED IN JOINING OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS?
We are currently looking for a new Saidiana board member who is preferably fluent in French and/or Swahili. Please check out the listing below or email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested or know someone who would like to join.
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