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Dear friends, 

As 2017 draws to a close and we reflect on the impact ECI has had this year, we are humbled by the incredible efforts of our staff, our supporters and most of all, the Congolese organizations we partner with and support. It has not been an easy year in Congo, yet once again the optimism and resiliency of our partners has demonstrated that no matter the circumstances, local leaders will continue to create durable progress. 

Below are just some of the innovative projects ECI has pioneered this year. From co-founding and supporting Saveur Du Kivu and creating the first-of-its-kind Congo Coffee Atlas, to supporting a range of incredible Congolese organizations, we know that Congolese-led solutions present the best path to peace and prosperity for the region. 

Looking forward, ECI has some exciting projects coming online in 2018. We will continue to support Congolese farmers, providing tools and training as well as access to international markets via world-class companies investing in Congo. We also have a ground-breaking partnership with Google Impact to help promote the potential of Congolese agriculture, which you will hear more about next year.

As ECI founder Ben Affleck says in his recent New York Times Opinion piece, “Congo continues to face enormous challenges. But…it’s a journey toward progress, and it’s only just beginning.” No matter the challenges, ECI will stand with the Congolese people on this journey – in 2018 and beyond. 

Thank you as always for your support of those we serve, and Happy Holidays from the ECI family to yours.

Dane, Baraka & Team ECI
ECI in the News
New York Times: Ben Affleck: Why I'm Hopeful About Congo

"Congo continues to face enormous challenges. But through hard work, the Congolese are striving to close the gap between poverty and prosperity, chaos and stability. It’s a journey toward progress, and it’s only just beginning." - Ben Affleck Read more...
CSIS: Coffee: Providing an Economic Jolt to Eastern Congo?

Can the once-thriving coffee sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) be revived? An increasing number of players seem to think so, including donors, coffee companies, the Congolese government, and many thousands of farmers. Read more...
ECI 2017 Year in Review
Amani Peace Festival
In January, ECI supported the Amani Peace Festival, an impactful day of music and cultural harmony in Goma. 
Health Care for Farmers
In 2017, ECI created a micro-insurance program for coffee farmers in North and South Kivu which provides essential health care to remote areas in eastern Congo. 
Saveur Du Kivu
ECI is a founder and sponsor of Saveur Du Kivu, Congo's first coffee cupping showcasing the incredible coffee being produced in eastern DRC. 
Ben Affleck's tenth trip to Congo
ECI founder Ben Affleck visited eastern DRC in August to listen and learn from ECI grantees about how best to continue supporting Congolese-led solutions. 
Congo Coffee Atlas
In partnership with Elan RDC, ECI created the first ever Congo Coffee Atlas mapping the cooperatives, government institutions and other actors in the Congolese coffee value chain. 
Support for Congolese Community-based Organizations
Since 2010, ECI has given grants to a wide range of impactful Congolese organizations providing health care, schooling, justice and more to the people of eastern DRC. 
ECI's Annual Congo Briefing
In September ECI hosted its Annual Congo Briefing at UN Headquarters during the high-level meeting of the UN General Assembly. The gathering brought together leaders in philanthropy, business and government for a frank discussion on the challenges and opportunities in eastern Congo.
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