Raising industry standards for human-worthy services.
Asili is organized around one guiding principle - that our services are desired by our customers and worthy of our children. For too long, healthcare and other vital services in the Democratic Republic of Congo have been provided through foreign aid budgets that are designed to meet minimum quality standards, standards that we ourselves would reject. And that's simply not good enough.
A business startup co-created by ARC, USAID, IDEO.org, international partners, and most importantly, Congolese mothers and families, Asili is an answer people deserve - and that they want. Some of the most critical services that Eastern Congolese communities are asking for include reliable healthcare, clean water, and economic opportunities. Asili delivers on those services - but always according to the highest industry standards that anyone, anywhere, could trust and rely on.
Agricultural cooperatives are one way that Asili helps to get a community’s economy moving. Asili provides local farmers with the resources, tools, and training they need to become successful and profitable farmers. We give them a loan in the form of seeds and fertilizer, and then provide a guaranteed market to sell their goods once they’re harvested. This model is working. So far we’ve sold over 300 tons of potatoes, Asili’s main crop. Farmers are increasing their income, empowering them to save and access membership in Asili and the other services it provides.
Beautifully designed with the families who now use our services, patients have remarked on how Asili's clinics stand out as beacons of color, light, and hope in their communities. From the water fountains inside, to the play area for kids, to the slippers patients are offered as they walk inside, as soon as you walk in the door it's clear that Asili's clinics are different. Most importantly, they offer the highest quality healthcare in the region – at prices that are affordable to the average Congolese consumer. Our reputation for incredible quality is spreading. Patients come from all over the region to be treated. Lives have been changed by the simple act of receiving a correct diagnosis for a chronic illness.
Our water system
Currently operating at conveniently located retail outlets in five villages, and soon to be expanding, Asili’s gravity-based reservoir system has revolutionized our customers’ ability to obtain clean, safe water. And we’re prototyping the potential of our water sales, selling water in the closest big city, Bukavu, to businesses, establishments, and even other NGOs. We’re learning and growing, determining the best way to bring clean water to as many people as possible.
Asili: Recent Info
A revolutionary model for people in the world’s most challenging places to build lasting, world-class essential services — for life.In the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Asili is using co-creation to transform what it means to deliver humanitarian aid. Reimagining philanthropic aid as startup capital for self-sustaining businesses—and joining forces with like-minded partners along the way—Asili is not only operated by and for the people it serves, but is creating world-class service infrastructure for those who need it most. Read More
In Congo, women form the core of their families, their livelihoods, their townsWomen are the backbone of Congolese culture. And the same is true for Asili. In the communities where Asili operates, its women who run our businesses. From Dr. Ange our Medical Director, to Adrienne our head nurse, to Mama Faida who operates our water kiosk in Cirunga, Read More
—Last month, we sat down with some of our Congolese teammates who’ve been with us since the very beginning. People like José Katumba, who was instrumental to paving the way toward the first launch in Buhanga, to Michelline Engiteyo, who was based in Kinshasa for years, working with the Congolese government to get the permits and licenses we need to perate. We asked them what keeps them motivated - what gets them to work everyday. And it was amazing to hear their responses. Read More
—Since the day Asili launched in 2013, we’ve been learning – talking to the communities where we work, tracking our business model, adjusting as we grow. And now, we’re excited to announce that we’ve taken that knowledge and applied it to our newest venture – the launch of Zone 4! Read More
—From the very beginning, Asili has been about getting world-class quality services to communities. We’ve followed through on that promise with water facilities and healthcare clinics that not only work, but offer never before seen quality. But now, we’ve focused our efforts on making sure that communities not only have access to our services, but that everyone in those communities can afford them. Introducing our third party payor system. Read More
It feels a little bit heavy, I think it’s a huge title or responsibility to feel you’re a change maker…
but, yes, I like to feel I’m a part of change.
– Abraham Leno, Asili General Manager