Ensemble Pour la Différence (now known as La Différence) is a social business incubator that empowers entrepreneurs in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to drive positive social and economic change. It combines affordable finance, business consultancy and technology innovation to help local entrepreneurs establish and grow social businesses that benefit the whole community.
Since 2014, the organisation has supported 24 businesses across Eastern DRC. Together they have employed 3,900 people, distributed 500,000 products and services and last year generated USD 4 million in revenue. It also builds technology solutions in collaboration with local people across Eastern DRC, connecting communities and delivering services of everyday value. Leading the way is Pamoja Net, a community-owned network for people living on the island of Idjwi in Lake Kivu.