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Seven women wearinng white aprons model beautiful fabric facemasks.

How the women of Un Jour Nouveau turned $500 in fabric into $50,000 in sales — and saved countless lives

Posted on May 19, 2020

Months ago, Un Jour Nouveau (UJN), a local community organization in the Congo, was planning to use $500 in capital from ECI to strengthen their dressmaking program, a social enterprise that helps women in North Kivu uplift their communities with training in business, leadership and in-demand skills. UJN planned to use half the money to set up a display of students’ handmade clothing at the 2020 Women Of Congo exhibition, and to use the other $250 to buy fabric and supplies. As the pandemic overtook their plans, the women’s entrepreneurial agility transformed that $500 grant into infinitely more.

A future where buildings are safe

Posted on Jul 25, 2022

NTC knew they could build better, safer, and more sustainable buildings. Two years in, now everyone else knows they can too. Walking around Goma, Christian Mbuzukongira Maseleri frequently noticed cracks in buildings across the city. Occasionally, these buildings collapse or fires break out. The seismic nature of the city only made things worse, with earthquakes […]

‘Tis the season to shine.

Posted on Nov 23, 2021

Spark Economic development. ECI seeks out pathways to self-sufficiency for our partners. By leveraging our relationships and seed funding, we have helped farmers, entrepreneurs, and organizations grow in bold, big ways. 60 startups have completed entrepreneurship training. 56 have been legalized. 20 received World Bank funding this year. Cocoa cooperatives have sold 5,400 metric tons […]

Meet the ECI Family: Masudi

Posted on Mar 30, 2021

Masudi Katembela Baudouin Grant Coordinator With ECI since 2017 Does your name have a special meaning? Katembela means “traveler.” What do you like about working for ECI?  I have served ECI since 2017. What attracted me is that ECI works in the field of sustainable development, with a view to impact, and supports local organizations. […]

Nouvelles d’ECI, juin 2020

Posted on Jun 30, 2020

Alors que nous célébrons notre indépendance, réfléchissons tous aux progrès qui restent à faire. Je vous souhaite à tous, en Amérique et en RDC, une fête de l'indépendance pleine de paix, de santé et de joie!

News from ECI, June 2020

Posted on Jun 30, 2020

Yesterday, the people of the Democratic Republic of the Congo celebrated the 60th anniversary of the nation’s liberation from Belgian colonial rule. On Sunday, 244 years after our own revolution against European tyranny, the American people will celebrate our independence. In both our nations, this year’s Independence Day invites us to think more deeply about the unfinished work of liberation. 


Posted on May 28, 2020

The Resurgence of CBOs in Eastern Congo The eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) exists in an indeterminate space between war and peace. There has been considerable progress on the security front, especially compared to a decade ago, when foreign armies and domestic armed groups occupied and plundered the region. Yet the path to […]

Nouvelles d’ECI, mai 2020

Posted on May 21, 2020

Although the coronavirus pandemic is far from over, I feel a sense of cautious hope. Here in Virginia it is springtime, and the rainy season is coming to an end on the shores of Lake Kivu. These are seasons of renewal. 

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