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Micro-Insurance Makes a Big Impact in Eastern DRC

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Little Insurance Goes a Long Way For Famers in Congo Behind every coffee and cocoa bean produced in eastern Congo is a hardworking farmer. These farmers do the heavy lifting – literally – to further the progress of Congo's remerging agricultural sector. In rural farming communities, access to affordable health care has always been a challenge. These are remote areas and what health care exists is often too expensive for farmers to afford. With farmers running a higher risk for basic injuries, as well as the prevalence of malaria and other diseases in the re...

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Economic Development, Featured, Success Stories

Growing Peace Through Cocoa in Congo

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

This piece originally appeared on the Lush Cosmetics website. To learn more about Lush Cosmetics' sustainable sourcing practices, click here.) Lush Cosmetics supports sustainable farming in Congo The Democratic Republic of Congo is a place of dualities. It’s rich in natural resources, yet has the world’s lowest gross domestic product. Its landscapes are idyllic, but they’re dotted with violent armed militia groups. And although its citizens have endured decades of war, violence and poverty, they maintain an unbreakably positive spirit. Baraka Kasali w...

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Economic Development, Featured, Notes from the Field, Rape and Sexual Violence

Mama Radio: Fighting for gender equality, one story at a time.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Gender equality is going viral in Congo "We must not stop. We must continue to report the news. We must continue to raise awareness." - Elian Polepole, Mama Radio. Every morning the journalists of ECI partner Mama Radio - a DRC radio station - gather their editorial board together to review the day's docket of stories. A time honored journalistic tradition, this editorial board meeting is unique in DRC. Mama Radio is the first radio station broadcasting stories by, for, and about women in Congo. In a country that has been known for its violence against women, Elian Pole...

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Economic Development, Education , Featured, Success Stories

The Congo Farmer Trust: Investing in Congolese Ingenuity

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

“The opportunity of Congo starts with the people.” – Baraka Kasali, Country Director, ECI Meet Emil Ntaminabare Batera. Emil is part of an exciting movement in eastern Congo – the revitalization of the region’s agricultural sector. Emil and his wife are coffee farmers in North Kivu, one of the world’s most fertile regions for coffee production. Every day they pick coffee beans, dry them, de-pulp them and prepare them for processing. It’s hard work, but thanks to ECI’s new program ­– The Congo Farmer Trust (CFT) &...

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