Last month, we sat down with some of our #Congolese teammates who’ve been with us since the very beginning to talk about the role Asili has played in their lives. Asili is a business start-up co-created by ARC, USAID - US Agency for International Development partners, and Congolese families. Asili takes an approach of long-term sustainable development using business principles.
The experiences that were shared with us were inspiring: --
“People say that when they come to work, they feel like they’re coming to see their family,” said Abraham, Asili’s Country Director in Congo. “We’ve managed to create a huge sense of community, even within our staff.”
"When I joined Asili I was single. Today I have a wife and I have a child. I bought a house and have renovated it. Asili gave me a new life.” said Jose on of our colleagues. --
Dr. Ange, Asili’s Medical Director, told us how Asili has given her a voice. “In my community,” she said, “I really didn’t have a voice, despite my education. When I first came I lacked confidence. But in Asili I have a voice. As a woman, you’re not taught to talk or say your opinions. But today, I’ve grown in confidence because my voice matters. Now, I see myself as a leader.”
We are so proud of what the Asili staff has created and the positive impact it has had on those who receive its services as well as those who are supplying the service.