Over the past few years, one of Fjord’s founders, Mike Beeston, has been working hard in Kivu, the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the border of Rwanda and Burundi.
Together with local people, Mike founded "Ensemble Pour La Difference", a not-for-profit, community interest company that provides design and innovation mentorship. Ensemble also provides micro-loans to small businesses that are rooted in local culture and have proven community value.
Fjord have partnered with Ensemble on the "First Light" project, intended to help Congolese people innovate with design-led strategy, training and technology.
"First Light", has been funded by the Fjord Innovation Fund, which provides support for great ideas that apply the design craft to social causes and extend the boundaries of the design discipline.
Read more about the projects:
Visit our microsite: firstlight.fjordnet.com/landing/