Our Mission

The Batonga Foundation equips the hardest-to-reach girls and young women with the knowledge and skills they need to be agents of change in their own lives and communities.

Building girls’ leadership

Investing in young women entrepreneurs

What a difference a mentor makes

Amplifying girls’ and young women’s voices

Who we support

We work with community leaders and local mentors to identify girls, often hard to locate, likely to be socially isolated or disadvantaged. Many live on less than $2 a day.

We serve adolescent girls from 12-18, and young women from 19-30.

Meet our founder
Angélique Kidjo

As a girl in Benin, Angélique Kidjo witnessed first-hand some of her friends and peers forced into life decisions that went against their rights, their wellbeing, and their dreams.

She realized that adolescence is a critical period of a woman’s life, and that with strong social support and access to resources and opportunities, girls aim higher and achieve more.


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