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UPDATE! The Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance chosen as a finalist in the P3 Impact Awards

Posted on Apr 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

UPDATE! On July 23rd the Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance was chosen as a finalist in the P3 Impact Awards. Click here to read the article from the US Department of State's website. The Lake Kivu Coffee Alliance: Helping farmers in eastern DRC regain lost ground In 2013, while fleeing fighting between DRC government forces and rebel groups in Masisi, Venancie Nyirazoba survived a bomb explosion that killed her husband and three of her nine children. Her leg was badly injured in the attack and had to be amputated. "This incident completely changed my life. I was left alone and ...

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Child Soldiers and Vulnerable Children, Economic Development, Education , Featured, Notes from the Field, Peace and Reconciliation, Success Stories

ECI and partners bring new hope to survivors of landmine-related violence in eastern Congo

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 | 0 Comments

(Photos by Gerry Kahashy, ECI) In the Lake Kivu/Virunga National Park region of eastern Congo, landmines and explosive remnants of war (ERW) are a constant danger to coffee workers and their families. Indiscriminate as to their victims, mines and ERW have killed thousands of Congolese civilians. Children, especially, have been affected, accounting for more than three-quarters of victims in recent years. Beyond the tragic loss of life and limb, landmines undermine economic development. Often disabled, survivors are unable to return to work, especially in the labor-inten...

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Economic Development, Featured, Peace and Reconciliation, Success Stories

New York Times Opinion: Ben Affleck reflects on his engagement in Congo

Posted on Dec 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

(This article was printed in the New York Times Opinion section on December 4th, 2017) When I first visited eastern Congo in 2006, it was difficult to understand how anyone could be hopeful about the region’s future. The Congolese had just emerged from a decade of some of the worst violence the world had known since World War II: More than 3.5 million people died as a result of conflict, according to estimates. The genocide in neighboring Rwanda had flooded the region with over a million refugees, including fleeing armed combatants. The emergence of militias and t...

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Economic Development, Featured, Success Stories

Meet the coffee farming families supported by ECI

Posted on Nov 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

In rural communities in eastern DRC, coffee farming provides an essential source of income for tens of thousands of people. ECI assists farmers access international markets and provides technical assistance to coffee cooperatives. Click here to meet Jean, a coffee farmer at an ECI-supported cooperative, as he explains the challenges of coffee farming in the DRC and how ECI supports the livelihood of his family and community. Watch the video on Youtube!

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Economic Development, Featured, Notes from the Field, Success Stories

How YOU can support the Congolese people

Posted on Sep 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Congolese are hard at work creating a peaceful and prosperous nation – and you can help! From Congolese community-based organizations to an emerging coffee and cocoa sector, below are a few excellent ways to lend a hand to this deserving nation. Eat chocolate, drink coffee, support Congolese farmers! Congolese farmers have fertile land and generations of farming experience. After decades of decline from instability and disease, ECI has helped get farming communities back on their feet and doing what they do best – producing world class coffee and cocoa...

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