Jun 14, 2019

Report on Pilot Projects and Venture Fund

As part of our Affiliates Program, TSDI offers leadership training that has been reviewed and approved by professional life coaches. TSDI mentors and peers promote strategic thinking, partnership opportunities, research and innovative solutions to help the Affiliate participants address critical social issues in their communities.

Affiliate participants benefit from an initial six months of capacity building and mentoring. This includes experiential learning and skills transfer; and we also work with these partners to establish their suitability and alignment of their goals with TSDI objectives.

At the end of the six months, successful partners develop action plans to structure their community development work. The top 10 proposals get opportunities for crowdfunding with TSDI supporting with matching funds.

SI4DEV is currently our sole affiliate partner and we agreed to support 10 of their projects with a total of $10,000 in addition to the Venture Fund of $15,000 donated to the Uyo Crop Processing Facility Project. Below are reports from SI4DEV on these projects so far.


Uyo Project Launching



Pilot Projects - Updates












Please let us know if you have any questions by emailing info@sid-initiative.org

Apr 9, 2019

Cassava and Oil Palm Processing Machines Launched!

Dear Donors,

We are happy to announce that we recently launched our crop processing facility in Abak village Akwa Ibom State. Through your support, all the funds were raised via the June 2018 Accelerator - a collaboration between The Spring Development Initiative and Strategy and Innovation for Development (SI4DEV).

The day, March 23 was very great at the launching of the Cassave and Palm oil processing facility in Abak village. The community representatives, traditional rulers, women and youth leaders were part of the organizing committee and turned up for the event.

The Local government chairman ably represented by supervisor of Agriculture said the local government will grade the road to the facility and provide 3500 capacity water tank as well as an oil tank. 

One of the board members from The Spring Development Initiative, sent in a congratulatory message, saying; "I am happy that the residents of the community will have an easier time processing their crops. My hope is that this will be a sustainable venture. Hopefully the sustainability team is up to the task."

We are indeed working towards that.

Grace Jimbo, the project lead says she has not seen such high community participation like this before...and there has been massive capacity transfer so far.

Some challenges and delays:

  • The building and installation of the machines took a longer time; each machine took a minimum of 5days to dry in their cement casing.
  • Some unbudgeted items/ accessories were needed during the installation and test running. These items include cements, poline, fan belts, water drum, diesel tank, small diesel engine and connecting hosts.
  • Project team communicated these challenges to the sustainability committee but there was no positive feedback as the 2019 national and state elections drew closer and took priority during community meetings.


  1. At the end, the timeline for delivery of the machine was extended to allow for the manufacturer to deliver good and reliable equipment.
  2. To avoid the distraction of the elections on the community, we postponed the launching of the facility, extending the time for testing and learning for those who will be operating the machines.


We are overwhelmed and overjoyed at the community engagement evident at the launching. Grace Jimbo turned out to be such a wonderful dancer! We appreciate her dedicated efforts on piloting this project to this point and are really thankful her leadership. 

The women leaders have our gratitude too, they were the ones that cleared the grass and prepared the place for the occasion. Since that date, the machines have been busy and in use.

Thank you all once again for your support.

If you can, please support us again by donating to any of our projects linked below.


Mar 20, 2019

For International Women's Day

Dear Donors,

This edition of our report is in honor of International Women’s Day (IWD) 2019!

The day is an occasion for celebrating women’s achievements worldwide – including strides in the political and social sectors, as well as continuing the call for gender equality. The day was first observed in the early 1900s and is now recognized each year on March 8, in a month filled with events to motivate and inspire women around the world. This year, the theme for the International Women's Day is Balance for Better which addresses work-life balance for women and the challenges women face juggling responsibilities at work and home.

Towards this theme, we are sharing stories from 8 Female SI4DEV community builders from the 2018 Class. With your help, we have been supporting them. You are helping them break glass ceilings and make a difference for women and girls in their communities.

1. Patricia Okolo Trish is piloting a girls' continuing education club in 2 secondary schools in Abuja. She has received approval from relevant education authorities and the pilot will be starting second week of April.

2. Tomisin Adefare Tomisin was showcased on TVC News for her project to provide learning tools to 200 under-resourced students in Osun State. We're happy that she will be mentoring 10 high performing students too. 

3. Emmanuella Ikomon Peer groups for Life Skills is being piloted by Emmanuella at the UBE Girls' Junior Secondary and at the Apostolic Co-ed School. Over 70 students have enrolled to support each other grow into healthy and confident adults.

4. Julie Obi Julie is an enterpreneur and has trained 50 Pakuro men and women on confectionery making. 10 women have received start-up funds to begin a cottage business. Read more

5. Veronica Agana Veronica collaborated with the local government council and community stakeholders to clean up Doka Boys School. The initial waste removal is complete, and work is ongoing on a fence to stop future dumping. 

6. Monisola Aiyekusehin Monisola is providing vocational training, to include 1 tailoring and 2 shoe making apprenticeships, as well as fashion and catering skills training to another 30 youth. Read more and donate here.

7. Ruke Ejegreh Ruke is an optometrist and her pilot will give Accessible Eyecare to 1000 school children. The benefits of good eyesight for learning cannot be over-emphasized. So far more than 500 students have been screened!

8. Nwamaka Osu Barrister Nwamaka is supporting a school in rural Lagos with seminars and counseling unit to reduce mental health issues, depression and drug abuse among students.

We look forward to continued collaboration with you.

Thanks again,



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