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We wanted to help. We found a way to do it. Social Income was born.

Our Mission

Fighting global poverty with the help of everyday people.

Many people in wealthier countries are committed to addressing inequality, though they don’t always know how or where to start.

The widespread use of mobile phone-based money transfer services in developing countries has also made it easier than ever to send money directly to people in need at almost no cost.

Social Income wants to harness this potential by combining two approaches to wealth redistribution. The first is Universal Basic Income, which is a promising path to building a more equal and inclusive society.

The second is direct cash transfers to people living in extreme poverty. Not only has research shown that those who receive direct aid greatly benefit from the money, it’s also shown that they use it locally, responsibly, and successfully.

Sending regular, long-term cash contributions to people in need can have a big impact on reducing poverty. And we think it can be done from person to person, without relying on government improvements to social infrastructure, which is mostly non-existent in the world’s poorest countries.

By directly sending cash to recipients, Social Income also circumvents the administrative costs that are unfortunately hard to avoid for NGOs.

The Arts

We wouldn’t exist without support from the arts.

Where We Started

Our first recipients were a group of young artists in Sierra Leone who had financial difficulties keeping their practices going. These artists are also part of our core team based in Freetown.

Meet the Team

Where We're From

Our founding team is behind Random Institute, an art initiative that has produced over a hundred interventions worldwide.

Random Institute CH

Where We're Funded

We’ve received initial contributions from the following institutions:

Stroom NL
Kadist FR/US

Where Our Contributors Work

We receive regular individual contributions from employees at the following institutions:

Our Team

We're making Social Income a reality.

Mabel Turay Portrait
Sierra Leone Finance Manager
Sierra Leone
Mabel Turay
Alusine Kamara Portrait
Local Advocate Alusine Kamara
Dominique Fofanah Portrait
Local Advocate Dominique Fofanah
Juan Morales Portrait
Lead Developer Juan Morales
Morrison Jusu Portrait
Local Advocate Morrison Jusu
Onikeh Randall Portrait
Local Advocate Onikeh Randall
Sandino Scheidegger Portrait
Founder Sandino Scheidegger
Sheka Kallon Portrait
Local Advocate Sheka Kallon
Simone Huser Portrait
Legal Counsel Simone Huser
Riccardo Tamburini Portrait
Communication Riccardo Tamburini
Kerrin Dieckmann Portrait
Financial Officer Kerrin Dieckmann

We're a Swiss non-profit organization.

Social Income was founded as a non-profit organization in Zurich, Switzerland. The organization is headed by its founder and an external legal counsel.

Legal Status

Non-profit organization
founded under Swiss
law in 2019 with tax exempt status.

Founded under Swiss law in 2019.

UID: CHE-289.611.695
DUNS: 48-045-6376

Non-profit organization with tax exempt status.

Board Members

Sandino Scheidegger
Co-President & Founder

Simone Huser
Co-President & Legal Counsel