Recognizing the urgent need for start-up capital in Congo, Totonga Bomoi has partnered with Amigos Ministries, a Colorado-based 501(c)(3) that has previously worked with communities in Juarez, Mexico. This new partnership will supplement our community-wide business trainings with access to start-up capital for entrepreneurs in Congo. Whether it be through opening a bakery or internet cafe or expanding their current inventory, we look forward to building an impact investment component for our work on the ground.
Bread of Life Bakery
Félix lives in Aru, Congo with his wife and two kids. In 2006, Félix was the apprentice to an Italian volunteer in Congo. This volunteer (Luca) taught Félix how to make traditional Italian rolls. For nearly ten years, Félix worked at a bakery in town. In 2015, he decided to start his own bakery. Every morning, he prepares hundreds of rolls by hand using a makeshift firewood oven. He rides his bike to the village market where he nearly always sells out. Today, Félix needs $3,000 to purchase a generator, mixer, solar panels, and start-up materials. This investment will allow him to triple his production and provide a better life for his wife and children.
St. Madeleine of Canossa internet cafÉ
The Internet cafe at St. Madeline's Youth Center is currently without internet access. This photo was taken in June 2016. The students just completed six weeks of daily lessons on Microsoft Word and Excel. However, the Internet class was cancelled because their was no financial support to install a wireless router at the Youth Center. The community needs $500 to make a permanent connection possible.