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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.

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.’