What is SIDI?
SIDI, the International Solidarity for Development and Investment
company, was established in 1983 by CCFD-Terre
Solidaire (French Committee against
Hunger and for Development), a French NGO, to strengthen and diversify
its actions in the economic field.
is a company specialised in the financial and technical support of
microfinance institutions. It promotes viable economic activities and
fosters the establishment of a social and economic environment capable
of promoting sustainable development.
terms of their legal structure and the methodology used, SIDI works
with a diverse range of partners: local associations, financial NGOs,
companies, savings and credit unions, socially-oriented banks.
They all offer credits to micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries
who need it to support their business to reach a successful conclusion.
Despite they have profitable business projects; they are excluded from
the formal financial sector, due to a lack of tangible guarantees and
SIDI brings a specific support to the network MAIN which federates 50
micro-finance institutions in 20 countries of Africa. Its main activity
is institutional building and staff training.
financial resources include:
• Its own capital (13 million Euros) held
by CCFD (the founding shareholder) and institutional and private
of the mutual fund "Faim & Développement" shared with the owners of
the fund. This Fund is promoted by the CCFD and managed by Credit
• Funds negotiated with development
• Revenue generated by its portfolio
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does it works?
of the financial resources of partners
• Equity investment
• Guarantees and
grants negotiated with international institutions
• Reinforcement of
operational capacities of partners
• Governance and
institutional support (participation in the governing and
• Support and
counselling in the internal organisation (business plan, staff training)
• Support to
operational activities (design of sustainable financial services)
of adapted tools to complete SIDI's financial and technical assistance
• Social viability
(social effects, perenity)
• Health, home, fair
its creation in 1983, SIDI has developed partnerships with more than 60
financial institutions specialised in support to micro and small
enterprises in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America
and the Middle East. Its portfolio amounts to 13 million Euros
as of end of 2011
In 2010, SIDI's network
of partners disbursed loans (ranging from 50 to
Euro) to more than 1.3 million micro and small enterprises in developing countries.
But the results of SIDI's intervention are not exclusively financial :
• It maintains its partnerships in areas in crisis
(Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Liban, Palestine, Haïti...).
It works with its partners towards a supervision of their social
dimension, for a better social added value vis-à-vis the beneficiaries.
• It develops new intervention tools (for fair trade, solar equipment...)
It mobilises funds from northern allies and funding agencies. More than
1.8 million euros have been made available for partners between 2009
How to participate?
Two ways are available :
the mutual Fund "Faim et Développement" (Hunger and development)
In 1983, the CCFD launched the first financial investment product
directed toward solidarity, the mutual fund "Faim et
Développement", on the French financial market. Thanks to the
shared income of this fund, the CCFD can support the operational costs
of SIDI. As at 31th December 2011, this fund reached about 60 million Euros
with 5.000 subscribers.
Buy shares of
SIDI's capital (13 millions Euros) is owned by
||CCFD, founding shareholder, together with
two women religious Congregations +50%
||The members of the association "Epargne
Solidarité Développement" (Savings, Solidarity and
Development), 1160 shareholders 29.1 %
||French financial institutions 12.13 %
||European partners of the social economy 4.4%
Everyone can acquire shares of the SIDI's capital at a unique price of
152 Euros, depending on availability.
|The Finansol association unites most of French
active in the field of solidarity financing and awards a label of
quality which guarantees the transparent and efficient use of funds.
This label was awarded to the "Faim et Developpement" mutual fund and
the equity shares of SIDI. www.finansol.org
|Crédit Coopératif, a French co-operative
bank, is a pioneering and a leading company in the field of community
finance. Crédit Coopératif is a partner for many
organisations which take care of social issues (health, ecology, help
for disabled persons, integration, childhood..) and international
assistance. With the CCFD, it has created the first sharing Fund "Faim
et Développement". www.banque-solidarites.coop
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