Our Mission

Saidiana means  help one another ...


Saidiana—pronounced sigh-dee-ana—means help one another in Kiswahili, the common language of the Democratic Republic of Congo.  


Saidiana is a 501(c)3 organization with a mission to elevate the long-term well-being of the women of Congo—some of the poorest on earth—and through them, the lives of their families and communities. We partner with women entrepreneurs as they build sustainable businesses, by providing them with vital financial resources and expertise. Thriving businesses means our clients can feed and clothe their children. They can pay school fees and medical expenses. The benefits ripple out into their communities and elevate lives—now and in the future.

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Ellen Wolaner
Board Chair, Saidiana

Sewing School

Sewing School