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SITAWI at Harvard
SITAWI took part in the Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Cambridge, MA in February. . In its 14 th year, the gathering of more than 1500 social entrepreneurs has established an impressive track-record for attracting inspiring speakers, skill-building workshops and panels, and networking events, including the Pitch for Change social innovation ideas contest and a social enterprise career fair. This year’s topic was “Create. Connect. Commit.” and encouraged participants to find new and innovative forms of creating and leading change. Originally scheduled over two days, the conference was disrupted by winter weather. Even so, our CEO, Leonardo Letelier, was part of a panel that looked at the evolution of social businesses around the world.
A more efficient social sector
In 2013, SITAWI is carrying out a study into alliances and mergers between social sector organizations in Brazil.
Inspired by the business sector, some organizations in Brazil are looking at tools to increase scale, efficiency or impact, such as collaborating with other organizations to integrate back offices, create franchises or merge.
The advantages of this type of initiative include reducing costs, generating more resources (by combining “brands” to create a joint budget for marketing, communication and fundraising), or increasing impact (by taking the best of each intervention to serve the same public).
As part of the project’s current phase, SITAWI is interviewing experienced professionals and sector leaders to publicize case studies from Brazil and other countries and to identify best practices.
Stay tuned for the results!
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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 Solidarium.net
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 Solidarium.net – 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!
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!
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! http://www.globalgiving.org/poll/vote/?pollOptionId=14
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
SITAWI consults for ADAPTSURF
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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IDB names sitawi best socially responsible and impact investment project in Latin America
Thanks to a public vote, sitawi is proud to have named the best socially responsible investment project in Latin America by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) as part of their beyondBanking Awards 2011. This puts sitawi among the most innovative organizations, creating a more sustainable and inclusive financial system and fitting with our objective of creating Finance for Good. The awards took place in Uruguay and you can find out more here: http://bit.ly/wnKvua
Last time, we mentioned our recent loan to CIES, who work through mobile health vans to help disadvantaged communities. With the help of sitawi, they have used their vehicles to serve several areas and provide cardiology, ophthalmology, general practice and other consultations: in one weekend in Santa Catarina, they conducted 150 ophthalmology appointments and 43 cataract surgeries.
And this is what people are saying about another one of our clients, Feira Preta, who organize the largest event of black culture in Latin America (according to the magazine Raça Brasil):
“I want to thank Adriana for letting us take part in this fantastic event for another year. We’ve been coming for five years and she puts so much effort into making every year better than the one before. The first time I came, my wife was pregnant and this time I was able to bring my son for the first time” – Danilo Expedito – exhibitor at Feira Preta
“If it weren’t for sitawi, there wouldn’t be a Feira Preta” – Adriana Barbosa – manager of Instituto Feira Preta
Find out more about sitawi on our website and please consider renewing your donation, so we can assist more needy people in Brazil.
BID reconhece sitawi como melhor projeto socialmente responsável e de investimento de impacto na América Latina
Temos o orgulho de anunciar que a sitawi foi reconhecida pelo Banco Interamericano de Desenvolvimento (BID) como melhor investimento social da América Latina no prêmio beyondBanking. Este prêmio coloca a sitawi como uma das organizações mais inovadoras por estimular um sistema financeiro mais inclusivo e sustentável. Os prêmios do beyondBanking foram entregues no Uruguai. Saiba mais aqui: http://bit.ly/wgG3vA
O empréstimo mais recente realizado pela sitawi foi destinado à organização CIES que opera vans e carretas médicas que atendem comunidades desprovidas de um sistema de saúde de qualidade. Com a ajuda da sitawi, o CIES fez uso de seus veículos para levar seu atendimento a várias regiões, fornecendo consultas de cardiologia, oftalmologia, clínica geral, entre outras. Durante um final de semana em Santa Catarina, por exemplo, 150 exames de oftalmologia e 43 cirurgias de cataratas foram realizados.
E isso é o que as pessoas falaram sobre um outro recente empréstimo social feito pela sitawi para o cliente Feira Preta - que organiza o maior evento de cultura negra da América Latina-segundo a revista Raça Brasil:
“Gostaria de agradecer a Adriana por mais um ano em que pudemos participar deste maravilhoso evento. Há cinco anos que estamos juntos e é notória a constante luta dela em fazer a Feira melhor a cada ano. Quando comecei a participar, minha esposa estava grávida e desta vez pude trazer meu filho pela primeira vez” – Danilo Expedito – expositor da Feira Preta
“Não faríamos a Feira Preta se não fosse pela sitawi” – Adriana Barbosa – gestora do instituto Feira Preta
Saiba mais sobre a sitawi no nosso website.
Renove a sua doação para que através da sitawi mais pessoas possam ser beneficiadas.
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