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. […]

Meet the ECI Family: Dr. Ange

Posted on Nov 11, 2020

Quand le patient reviendra me dire «Docteur je me sens bien» - là je me sens la plus heureuse du monde et je suis fière.

Meet the ECI Family: Divine

Posted on Sep 29, 2020

J’adore faire la cuisine en famille car c’est un moment de pure bonheur et de joie, où nous avons des fous rires et on partage des belles histoires.

Title free and clear: Women win rights to their own land in Miti-Murhesa

Posted on Sep 14, 2020

Every day, in defiance of the law, Congolese women are driven away from land that rightfully belongs to them — sometimes by neighbors, often by their own families, and too often with impunity. “Women’s access to land remains an enormous challenge in Congolese society, particularly in the eastern DRC,” explains Me Aline Bahati, attorney and […]

Salomé Byenda, a woman wearing a bright yellow-and-purple dress and headscarf, addresses a crowd using a megaphone.

Friends, we have 🎉☕️🏆 news!

Posted on Aug 19, 2020

This is a big week for Eastern Congo Initiative. We’re officially announcing our acquisition of the Asili business model. Nespresso is releasing a new single-origin coffee grown exclusively by our partner co-ops in South Kivu. And the work we do with public and private partnerships is receiving a prestigious honor.

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.