FORTY YEARS AGO, the residents of the Ruzizi Valley in Eastern Congo had a peaceful, prosperous, happy life. There are very few places on Earth like the Ruzizi. The average temperature remains around 80°F all year round. There is plentiful water, rich soil and four growing seasons.

Today, after more than a decade of civil war, the entire area is devastated, and the people have been reduced to the status of refugees, dependent on foreign assistance. But the people of the Ruzizi Valley are now in partnership with Working Villages International (WVI), a group set up in 2004 to implement Gandhi’s ...


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