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We wanted to act. 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, but don’t know how or where to start.

Thanks to the widespread use of mobile phone-based money transfer services in developing countries, it is 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 the concept of Universal Basic Income, which is a promising path towards a more equal and inclusive society.

The second is the use of direct and anticipatory cash transfers to people living in poverty. Research has shown that those who receive direct aid greatly benefit from the money and that they reinvest it locally, responsibly, and successfully.

We make an impact by sending regular long-term cash transfers directly to recipients: from person to person, because many of the world's poorest countries lack solid social infrastructure.

And we do so in a radically transparent way that allows us to avoid the high administrative costs normally associated with such projects.

100% Model

Zero overhead costs. Our pledge to you.

We believe that 100% of our contributors’ donations should go to our recipients. To maintain this promise, all our operating costs and financial expenses are covered by philanthropic grants and institutional donations.

Thanks to this support, we can guarantee that 100% of the money from our individual contributors reaches our recipients.

Additionally, we receive various in-kind support from organizations, such as Google Non-profit or Lineto (Unica77 font). Thank you!

Flow of Funds

Social Income payments are sent directly to recipients’ mobile phones.

We receive contributions from all over the world. They are safely stored in our bank account, in the most stable currency in the world: Swiss Francs. Every month we transfer just enough money to local banks in the countries where we are active. We then distribute Social Incomes with the help of mobile money directly to the phones of beneficiaries.

Our Team

We're making Social Income a reality.

Board of Association

Kabelo Ruffo Portrait
Co-President Kabelo Ruffo
Simone Huser Portrait
Co-President Simone Huser
Anvita Pandey Portrait
Board Member Anvita Pandey
Flavien Meyer Portrait
Board Member Flavien Meyer
Marion Quartier Portrait
Board Member Marion Quartier


Mabel Turay Portrait
Sierra Leone Finance Manager
Sierra Leone
Mabel Turay
Juan Morales Portrait
Backend Developer Juan Morales
Sandino Scheidegger Portrait
Founder Sandino Scheidegger
Riccardo Tamburini Portrait
Communication Riccardo Tamburini
Kerrin Dieckmann Portrait
Financial Officer Kerrin Dieckmann
René Stalder Portrait
Frontend Developer René Stalder
Ajla Murati Portrait
Operations Ajla Murati
Simon Bühler Portrait
Public Relations Simon Bühler
Carlos Badilla Portrait
Impact Measurement Carlos Badilla
Sarah Mekni Portrait
Sarah Mekni
Lorenzo Garovi Portrait
Strategy Lorenzo Garovi
Sarvesh Dwivedi Portrait
Backend Developer Sarvesh Dwivedi
Anna-Lina Müller Portrait
Science Anna-Lina Müller
Mariatu Haja Sesay Portrait
Operation Sierra Leone Mariatu Haja Sesay
Patrik Sopran  Portrait
App Development Patrik Sopran
Alexandre Milan Portrait
Developer Alexandre Milan
András Heé Portrait
Developer András Heé
Anders Nordhag Portrait
Communication Anders Nordhag
Michael Kündig Portrait
Developer Michael Kündig
Larissa dos Santos Lima Portrait
Larissa dos Santos Lima
Mikołaj Demkow Portrait
App Development Mikołaj Demkow
Thomas Brenner Portrait
Developer Thomas Brenner
Aurélie Schmiedlin Portrait
Finances & Partners Aurélie Schmiedlin
Verena Zaiser Portrait
App Development Verena Zaiser
Julia Bachmann Portrait
Communication Julia Bachmann

Local Sounding Board

Alusine Kamara Portrait
Local Advocate Alusine Kamara
Dominique Fofanah Portrait
Local Advocate Dominique Fofanah
Morrison Jusu Portrait
Local Advocate Morrison Jusu
Onikeh Randall Portrait
Local Advocate Onikeh Randall
Sheka Kallon Portrait
Local Advocate Sheka Kallon

We're a Swiss non-profit organization.

Social Income was founded as a non-profit association in Zurich, Switzerland. An independent board oversees the organization.

Legal Status

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

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

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

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

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Sandino Scheidegger