Erwin Kinsey


Erwin Kinsey was born and raised on a Vermont dairy and maple farm. He volunteered with the American Friends Service Committee in Mexico for two years before finishing his Bachelor of Science in Animal Science from the University of Vermont. He has worked for 35 years promoting food security of small, low-income farmers and pastoralists, first with Heifer International in Tanzania and across Africa from 1977-2007, and for Global Service Corps in Tanzania from 2007-2012. He obtained a Masters in Rural Development from the University of London SOAS in 2008 and has written numerous farmer manuals and publications.


Adivekson Harold

Demonstration Plot Assistant

Adive's family comes from Kilimanjaro, and he now lives in Ngaramtoni with his wife and young son. He has worked at the Impact Center since September 2012, and brings a light-hearted spirit to his daily tasks. Adive maintains the demonstration plots, collects and cleans seed for storage, keeps the office clean, and sells produce and seedlings to Impact Center visitors and neighbors. He has worked as a gardener for years, and definitely has a green thumb!

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Moses Phineas


Moses was born in Arusha, and completed his Bachelor's of Business Administration and Accounting in 2012. He is a freelance accountant, currently pursuing a Master's degree, and is active in the ELCT (Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania). Moses joined ECHO East Africa team in March of 2013, and works with to keep finances and official paperwork in order.


Charles Bonaventure

Technical Advisor

Charles Bonaventure (called "Bonny”), is a long-term Technical Advisor for ECHO East Africa. Bonny worked with the Tanzanian government since 1986 before joining World Vision Tanzania in 2004 as Agriculture Trainer. For eight years, he served with World Vision Tanzania in various capacities. Prior to joining ECHO, he worked with Global Service Corps. Bonny comes from the Kilimanjaro region and is blessed with three children. He holds two bachelor degrees in Horticulture (Tanzania) and Rural Development (The Netherlands). Bonny joins ECHO with a passion for agricultural development and practices that will reduce hunger, improve livelihoods, and increase community resilience.


Sophia Kasubi

Executive Assistant

Sophia received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with specialization in social policy, planning and administration from the University of Dar es Salaam. Prior to working with ECHO, she worked with Global Service Corps as Personal/Administrative Assistant and Africa Agribusiness Academy as Project Assistant. She has also attended courses on First Aid, MBTI, Microsoft Access and Capacity Building training. She is married with two children.

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Harold Msanya

Innovation Coordinator

Harold has six years experience managing programs with Catholic Relief Services and ten years managing community-based programs with World Vision –Tanzania. He holds a Bachelor degree in Civil Engineering and is married with two children. He attended several courses like project management cycles, monitoring and evaluation, integrated water resources management, sand dam technologies, and appreciative inquiry


Happy Martin

Appropriate Technology Trainer

Happy joined ECHO as Appropriate Technology trainer under IDIN project. She has appropriate technology skills and experience, acquired while working with Global Service Corps, World Vision, Farm Concern, and Mwedo. She has attended courses like capacity building training, agriculture, and carpentry. She hopes to continue with further Appropriate Technology training.


Rose Dusabeyezu

Seed Bank Manager

Rose graduated fromthe University of Agriculture Rwanda in the Crop Protection department for her bachelor degree. Also, she holds a Master degree of Arts in Community development from the Mount Meru University of Arusha, Tanzania. Before joining ECHO East Africa Rose worked at Rwanda Agricultural Development Authority as the in charge of seed quality control and AVRDC – The World Vegetable Center as Research Assistant.


Venance Mollel

Appropriate Technology Trainer

Venance has vast skills and experience in carpentry, farming, photography and masonry. He is an appropriate technology trainer under IDIN project. Prior to working with ECHO, he worked with Global Service Corps, Kilimo Markets and Mennonite Central Committee. He attended creative capacity building and entrepreneurship courses. He is married with three children.