LICO front 2.jpg

Right now we are financing the second in a series of internet cafés in Bukavu, Eastern Congo. Internet access is a catalyst of peace, and the café becomes a hub for learning, culture and entrepreneurship. Get to know Innocent Misabiro, his dream of bringing internet to every person in Eastern Congo, and support our project to help making his dream come true. 

 

OUR GOAL: $40.000

PROJECT LINK: j.mp/2014Q4


Get to know Innocent, his dream and how you can support it

The Entrepreneur

Innocent Misabiro is a native of Bukavu, a city of one million people with very limited infrastructure. Innocent is one of few digital experts in Bukavu and spent years installing Internet access in NGO offices, during which he started his company Liason Congo. His dream is to bring the benefits of Internet to everyone in Bukavu. Piece by piece a plan emerged to start a chain of Internet cafés.          

The Challenge

Innocent knew that he must solve some difficult challenges to realize his dream. First, he must work around the electricity cuts and slow modems that cripple today’s available connections. Second, he must offer people of all ages hands-on training in how to use computers and the Internet. Both challenges require technical expertise, which is rare since people study computing at university without ever using a computer or seeing a router. Thankfully, Innocent has built a skillful team and he has been invited as the first business in Bukavu to deploy a fiber optic connection.

The Result

Innocent’s first café opened earlier this year and has already become a meeting point for people of all ages. From school kids who take their first steps into the digital world, to entrepreneurs who use the café to run their businesses. The place is busy with customers throughout the day, and has recently started evening courses and special training on Saturdays for kids in the community. From a bigger perspective, Internet access is a catalyst of peace, through learning, free speech, culture and entrepreneurship. Innocent’s goal, with support from Falling Whistles, is to turn one café into a large chain that brings these benefits to every person in Eastern Congo.

Join the Project!

 Innocent is now ready to build his second internet café, which needs an investment of $40.000. The money will pay for renting and renovating the space, internet connection, computer equipment, power generators, interiors, and for staff to manage education, technology, business and maintenance.

We need your help to make the investment, and there is two ways to contribute: buy a whistle or finance equipment directly in our store.

 

BUY A WHISTLE
The whistle funds our work, during this campaign, our goal is to use 50% of the money from whistle to fund project Internet

BUY

DONATE
100% of your donation will go to investment in Congolese entrepreneurs 

Donate


Who will use it? 

_MG_9784.jpg

OUR WORK

INVESTING IN CONGOLESE ENTREPRENEURS

The world’s deadliest WAR is coming to an end.

But ending a war is not the same as PEACE

 

PEACE REQUIRES PROGRESS: OF BUSINESS, EDUCATION, HEALTH AND CULTURE
PROGRESS REQUIRES ENTREPRENEURS: LOCAL, PASSIONATE AND LONG-TERM AND
ENTREPRENEURS NEED INVESTMENTS: FOCUSED, PATIENT AND SUPPORTIVE

OUR SOLUTION is to create a social development FUND to make ethical investments in Congolese entrepreneurs, combined with experienced MENTORSHIP from local and global experts.

OUR GOAL: grow the fund to 10 MUSD in 5 years.

We fund one PROJECT at a time, with the hope that every project becomes PROFITABLE so that it can support itself and pay back the investment. This allows us to fund new entrepreneurs through the success of their peers.

 

HERE ARE SOME PROJECTS TO DATE:

Project:RADIO STATION
Sekombi

Sekombi is a dancer, activist, and mogul. He leads the fastest-growing radio station in Congo, Mutaani FM.

Read more

Project:MALARIA TREATMENT
BLAISE

Blaise is a city kid and an agricultural entrepreneur. He built a sustainable supply chain for affordable malaria treatments.

Read more

project:REHABILITATION
CHRISTINE

Christine is a hero.  In her early 20′s she left her job and rallied her family to work with hundreds of the most vulnerable children in Congo.

Read more 

Project:PEACE MARKET
AMANI 

Amani is a father of 6 kids and uncle to hundreds more. He turned a starving village into a thriving and peaceful marketplace.

Read more

project:HEALTCARE
DR. JO

Dr. Jo came home to warzone, where his talents were needed most. He built a hospital where he trains hundreds of doctors and serves hundreds of thousands of people.

Read more

project:JUSTICE
JUSTINE

Justine has organized over 30 women’s groups to form a fierce movement. The solutions to Congo will come from the Congolese, and these women are proving it.

Read more

project:HUMAN RIGHTS
ARNOLD

From inside the warzone, Arnold works to make sure refugees are taken care of, abducted children are returned, women are protected, and the world has access to information that has been historically shrouded in secrecy.

Read more

project:FESTIVAL
FRANCK

In Bukavu, a city on the border with Rwanda and Burundi, Franck created FestBuk, an annual celebration to bring together citizens of the three countries and move past divisive tensions.

Read more