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Supporting women to be economic decision makers

Posted on Oct 17, 2014

On average, 66% of respondents to ECI’s opinion polling stated that economic development is important to them, making the economy the single highest priority of the Congolese people, even higher than security concerns. And though 45% of respondents believe that the situation will improve, there was a clear regional disparity in economic confidence. People polled […]

Chocolate’s transformative potential for eastern Congo

Posted on Nov 28, 2013

By Baraka Kasali The Democratic Republic of Congo was once considered the breadbasket of central Africa, but due to war and insecurity the production of crops and farmer livelihoods have declined. Investment in creating income-generating opportunities is the fastest and most sustainable way to lift the Congolese people out of the cycle of poverty. Nearly […]

Chocolate That Makes a Difference

Posted on Dec 05, 2012

ECI has been proud to partner with Seattle-based Theo Chocolate to launch its first ever series of chocolate bars made entirely from Congolese cocoa. ECI Founder Ben Affleck appeared on CBS Sunday Morning with Theo Chocolate founder Joe Whinney.  The segment illustrates the importance of creating a dependable export market with the partnership, in which […]