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From Starbucks Newsroom: Congo coffee returns to 1700 Starbucks locations this summer!

Posted on Aug 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

This post originally appeared in the Starbucks Newsroom. ECI is incredibly proud to see coffee from Congo come to 1700 Starbucks stores (and online) this summer! By Heidi Peiper / Starbucks Newsroom When green coffee arrives in burlap bags each day for roasting at the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle, they have already traveled thousands of miles over land and sea. Each journey is unique, but perhaps none quite as extraordinary as Starbucks’ latest small-lot coffee from the eastern region of Democratic Republic of Congo. DRC has some of the most fertile lan...

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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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