What's Happening at the moment

 

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community internet

The internet has bypassed much of Eastern Congo. Few people have a smart phone and even fewer a computer. Bandwidth costs are well in excess of $100 per MB per month and people study network technology without even touching a router.

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A BRIGHTER FUTURE

Washikala has charisma. So too Iongwa. They also have a lot of business nous and together they have grown a renewable energy company called Altech that has so far distributed over 150,000 solar lamps across the DRC.

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Networking a hospital

Kavumu is located maybe 40 kilometers north of Bukavu and is struggling with poverty and a high level of sexual violence, particularly against young girls. Dr Pascal and Dr Jaques work in the local hospital, fixing the breaks, mending the abused, delivering babies and medicating malaria.

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Success for coffee cooperatives

Back in 2013 we provided a loan to CPNCK, the coffee cooperative on the island of Idjwi. It enabled their first ever export of a container of coffee. At that time only one other cooperative in Kivu had managed the same feat since war decimated the coffee industry back in the 90’s.