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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.

Responding to the pandemic the Asili way

Posted on May 01, 2020

Traditional humanitarian aid is built for emergencies, not for people. We know we can do better — because we do better every day. Even during the pandemic.

Nouvelles d’ECI, avril 2020

Posted on Apr 30, 2020

Pour la première fois depuis le début de la pandémie de coronavirus, il semble y avoir un peu d'optimisme dans l'air. Les mesures que les gouvernements prennent dans le monde pour contenir la propagation de la maladie présentent de grands avantages. Ces mesures doivent être encouragées!

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 7: You can still have joy

Posted on Apr 29, 2020

In DRC and other difficult places, where suffering is unavoidable, people find reasons to live with their suffering. I have seen people find the most sustaining reasons for living when living is hardest to bear.

How to Survive a Disaster, Part 6: Humanity matters more than anything

Posted on Apr 28, 2020

A disaster, even a very long-lasting one, has a beginning and an end. It is important to remember that we were human before the disaster, and we will be human after the disaster too. During times of crisis, our most important duty is to meet people’s most immediate needs — safety, shelter, medical care, food and water. But everyone’s humanity transcends those urgent needs. .