The design and implementation of the SLDI program adopts a transformational model that raises the consciousness of the women religious to make informed decisions.
The Sisters Leadership Development Initiative (SLDI) was a three-year Hilton-supported leadership program that involved 340 women religious in five countries namely Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, and Nigeria.
Margaret described the SLDI program as a "life changing training" because the skills she acquired allowed her to conduct needs assessment, fundraising and implementation of the projects that include sinking a borehole (well), building a water reservoir, a science laboratory, classrooms, a dormitory, and purchasing a corn gridding mill for the local community.
Susan a financial administrator elaborated on the efficacy SLDI:
According to the SLDI program requirement, each trainee was to mentor three co-workers.
The participants in SLDI value mentoring as a technique designed to ensure stability and sustainability.
The leadership competencies acquired in the SLDI program indicated that participants were energized to participate in encouraging change, innovation, and educational and social progress.