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Meet ECI's Congolese Partners for Progress

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

At ECI, we believe a robust and stable civil society is the bedrock of social and economic progress. In practice that means we support a wide range of Congolese organizations providing essential services to the citizens of Congo. From social justice to education to journalism, below are just a few of our brave and hardworking Congolese partners. To learn more about all of the organizations that ECI supports, click here! AFEM's Mama Radio: Bringing women's voices and perspective to Congo's airwaves. "In my country there are people who sill live in ignorance and have a g...

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ECI and BanQu Connect Congolese Farmers to Blockchain Technology

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Eastern Congo Initiative and BanQu are proud to announce an innovative pilot program to fundamentally improve the lives of farmers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Currently in the DRC, most farmers have no access to banking services, no reliable information about their productivity and harvests, no access to reliable and trackable economic information, and no possibility of attaining a loan or even basic credit. To address this problem, ECI and BanQu will implement a data safety net for farmers on the blockchain – a decentralized network of secure data...

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Kelly Goodejohn On How Starbucks Ethically Invests in Congolese Coffee

Posted by "eastern congo initiative" starbucks "kelly goodejohn" "senate committee on foreign relations" testimony ethical investment "con on May 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

How can for-profit, private companies ensure ethical souring of their products? Kelly Goodejohn, Director of Ethical Sourcing, Global Social Impact & Public Policy for Starbucks addressed this question last week before The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in a hearing titled "Value Added Through Private Sector Engagement". While outlining Starbucks' policy of 100% ethically sourced coffee, Ms. Goodejohn expanded upon how the company's partnership with ECI has helped Congolese farmers bring their products to the international market while tripling farmers' income...

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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 re-emerging 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 ...

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