Saidiana

Minneapolis, MN   |  SaidianaCongo.org

Mission

Our mission is to empower the world's poorest women to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. We are a nonprofit organization operating in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo, where we empower Congolese women to create a better future for themselves and their families by providing resources to support their business ventures. We deliberately serve impoverished individuals with drive and dreams who are not served by other lending or grantmaking organizations.

Ruling year info

2011

Principal Officer

Becky Jasper

Main address

PO Box 8544

Minneapolis, MN 55408 USA

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EIN

20-5147038

NTEE code info

Nonprofit Management (S50)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Grant Making

Our grant making/merry-go-round program provides grants to entrepreneurial women who strive for a better life under circumstances where resources are scarce.

Population(s) Served
Women and girls

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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We provide small grants to collectives of women in the DRC. Cash infusions help grant recipients significantly improve their businesses – and those businesses then positively impact the communities they support with fresh food and better services. This is the best intervention method to fund a community's path out of poverty.

We use the merry-go-round program, an economic system in which women come together to support one another as part of a collective. Merry-go-rounds in Lubumbashi can apply for a larger grant from Saidiana to support a collective business. Rather than give the money to one woman, we help the entire collective make an investment in its members' economic future. With a grant of up to $5,000, a merry-go-round can make substantial purchases, whether they be a generator and a refrigerator for a meat market, or dairy cows and a land lease for milk production. Our grants fund projects for our beneficiaries (women in the DRC) to build new or existing businesses.

In 2016, Saidiana made grants that serve 43 women who support at least 182 children and another 66 household members. As of May 2017, we had 22 in-progress projects.

In addition to the 22 in-progress projects we have funded with small grants, we have partnered with the Janet Bokwa House for our Sewing Trade School. While the resident girls are at school, the sewing workshop hosts Lubumbashi women so that they have the opportunity to learn sewing and business skills from a Saidiana staff member.

Financials

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Operations

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Saidiana

Board of directors
as of 6/1/2021
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Board chair

Becky Jasper

Becky Jasper

Entrust Datacard

Risha Rathore

General Mills

Lois Dirksen

LEVEL Brand

Caitlin Gorkey

Hennepin County

Albert Nyembwe

Districts of Minnesota and Anoka

Andrew Jensen

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Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No