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Josée Ruhara teaches children about handwashing in March 2019. Photo: Gerry Kahashy

Mama Josée: C’est quoi Asili?

Posted on Aug 07, 2020

Au cours du développement d’une stratégie renouvelée de la marque d’ECI, on m’a demandé, C’est quoi Asili? En tant que superviseur des activités des fontainières et appuis aux respects de la marque Asili dans la communauté; originaire de Kabare moi-même; j’ai quelques réflexions sur cette question.

Josée Ruhara teaches children about handwashing in March 2019. Photo: Gerry Kahashy

Mama Josée: What is Asili?

Posted on Aug 07, 2020

During the development of a new branding strategy for ECI, I was asked, What is Asili? As supervisor of water operations and steward of the Asili brand in the community, and someone originally from Kabare myself, I have some thoughts on this question.

Dario Tabaro Mutarushwa, a driver, shows a polaroid photograph of himself in the driver's seat of a vehicle.

In loving memory of Dario

Posted on Jul 31, 2020

With deep sorrow, I must inform you of the death of our beloved colleague, brother and friend Dario Tabaro Mutarushwa, who was killed in Bukavu last night. The whole ECI family is united in shock and sorrow.

Faida Yvette Muhimuzi

Meet the ECI Family: Faida

Posted on Jul 01, 2020

Souvent je vais m’asseoir dans le kiosque de Faida juste pour l’écouter interagir avec nos clients. Elle est l’un des visages d’Asili, car tout le monde peut voir son cœur.

Meet the ECI Family: Franck

Posted on Jul 01, 2020

‘Ce qui me rend fier, c’est que je conduis à la fois les riches et les pauvres, les Américains et les Congolais. Mon travail est un privilège qui me relie au monde.’

José Katumba Muyombo poses in a jacket with a shirt and bolo tie.

Meet the ECI Family: José

Posted on May 21, 2020

Je me suis senti heureux de travailler pour Asili pour plusieurs raisons, mais je vais citer une: grâce au projet Asili j’ai visité plusieurs pays dont les USA.

Meet the ECI Family: Maryline

Posted on May 21, 2020

Je fus toujours émue du progrès accomplis par ces partenaires après notre passage dans ces organisations.

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.

Boston Herald: Lessons from Eastern Congo

Posted on May 11, 2020

Living in conditions of fragility and scarcity is a profound misfortune, to be sure. But misfortune survived turns into enduring wisdom. At this moment of global crisis, I want to share some simple ideas I have learned from a lifetime of partnership with people who have been through the unimaginable and survived.