Sitawi's mission is to develop financial infrastructure for the social sector in Brazil. We believe that adequate funding and effective counseling strengthen social organizations and increase their impact on the causes and beneficiaries. In the long run, the more resources - in volume and forms - available to the social sector, the more encouragement social leaders have to develop more innovative and sustainable models with greater impact. And sooner we will build a better country.
Jan 30, 2013

SITAWI Update - January 2013

Brazilian artisans
Brazilian artisans

Hello from SITAWI!

We are excited to announce that eleven outstanding nonprofit leaders have been named Synergos Senior Fellows, becoming part of network of 144 current and alumni Fellows from more than 50 countries, and SITAWI´s CEO - Leonardo Letelier - was named one of them.

Synergos Senior Fellows are selected based on their vision for change, skills, knowledge, experience, and the impact of their work on the communities and countries they serve. Through the Senior Fellows program, Synergos links these leaders to a worldwide learning, support and action network. The overall goal of the program is to strengthen the capacity and opportunities of these leaders to build partnerships that address the systemic causes of poverty and promote sustainable social change.

SITAWI supports

SITAWI is a pioneer in developing financial solutions for the social sector in Brazil. It was thanks to one of SITAWI’s products, the social loans, that one of our first clients, Solidarium, a social enterprise that supports small-scale artisans to access larger markets and chain stores, was able to fulfill a contract for 30,000 recycled plastic bags for Walmart in 2009. The contract changed the direction of the company, allowing it to survive its first year in business and flourish.

Solidarium is now growing fast and is currently developing a new business strategy to create – an online marketplace, which aims to connect artisans from all over Brazil directly with the consumers and shops. SITAWI – Finance for Good is proud to be supporting Solidarium once again and wishes them success with this initiative!

Solidarium goods
Solidarium goods


Nov 2, 2012

SITAWI Update - November 2012

Our client, CIES (by Paulo Fabre)
Our client, CIES (by Paulo Fabre)

Hello from SITAWI!

We have been busy in Brazil with the Social Enterprise World Forum, which was organized by NESsT and brought together social enterprises (nonprofits and for-profits) from all over Brazil, Latin America and the rest of the world. It showcased social enterprises that are really changing Brazil, including organizations that connect handicraft workers with mainstream retail chains, deliver mail to favelas, run recycling programs in Amazonia or create fashion out of recycled materials. It also gave us lots of new projects that we hope to be able to fund soon. And of course, we’ll let you know once we do.

CIES, our current loan client, has also been successful and has sent its Health Wagon (Carreta de Saúde) to São José dos Campos in São Paulo state, where it has already provided quality healthcare to 16,600 people. The renovation of the vehicle was funded with a loan that included resources from our GlobalGiving campaign. In August, they set their Health Box to a women’s prison in São Paulo where they carried out 300 procedures, including mammograms, blood pressure and blood-sugar level tests, and other general procedures. The success of CIES means that they have also been able to raise funds to build a second Health Box, which will concentrate on men’s health throughout Brazil and was launched in October. Congratulations!

Patients at one of CIES
Patients at one of CIES's centers (by Paulo Fabre)


Aug 5, 2012

SITAWI Update - August 2012

Vote for SITAWI in the GlobalGiving Photo Contest!
Vote for SITAWI in the GlobalGiving Photo Contest!

GlobalGiving Photo Contest

One of our photos has been chosen in GlobalGiving’s Photo Contest as a finalist in the Give Hope category!

Voting takes place from August 1, 2012 at noon EDT until August 15, 2012 at noon EDT. Votes will be counted based on email address. Only unique email IDs will be counted towards a unique vote.

The winner on August 15 will be awarded a $1,000 bonus to support our work and will be featured on the GlobalGiving homepage for a full day.

Check out our photo, vote for us today and tell your friends!

SITAWI helps USAID manage philanthropic portfolio of the +Unidos program in Brazil

This year, SITAWI launched a new FINANCEforGOOD solution: donor advised funds. The objective is to help businesses and families direct their resources strategically while lowering the transaction costs involved in sourcing quality projects and organizations

The first client is USAID Brazil, US Agency for International Development, which coordinates the +Unidos initiative, a program that channels philanthropic dollars from 18 multinationals toward projects to protect biodiversity on the Amazon’s fringe by training farmers with socio-environmental best practices, and to provide English language training to disadvantaged young people in Rio de Janeiro


Adaptsurf won free consulting services from SITAWI as part of the Folha de São Paulo Future Social Entrepreneur Award.

Adaptsurf was founded by surfers, Henrique Saraiva, Luana Nobre and Phelipe Nobre, to use surfing to promote social inclusion and integration for those with various disabilities.

“In the coming years Brazil and Rio de Janeiro will host major global sporting events and now more than ever, it is time for us to expand the impact of Adaptsurf. I was very pleased with the strategic consulting provided by SITAWI.” – Henrique Saraiva – Adaptsurf founder.  



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