As part of our pledge to continue “Strengthening Rwanda”, CIMERWA has dedicated a significant amount of resources on initiatives to strengthen the community and its sense of aspiration. Through a strong socio-economic drive to empower and enable Rwandans in our local community in Rusizi district, CIMERWA has invested in the Education, Health, Entrepreneurship and Sports sectors. CIMERWA also provides clean water to its surrounding areas. CIMERWA is also providing health insurance to most-in-need Rwandans in Rusizi.
As part of our CSR programme, CIMERWA has:
1.Provided a fully equipped clinic with a brand new ambulance to serve the community of three neighbouring sectors.
2.Established a nursery and primary school that hosts 480 students and which are ranked highly in the Rusizi District Primary School Leaving National Exams.
3.Maintained a recreational site and a public garden at Mashyuza Hot Springs.
4.Provided support for genocide survivors by constructing homes worth 30 million Rwandan Francs.
5.Secured free company land and concessions for community farming activities.
6.Supported a local Football Club that now plays in the National Football Premier league
Helped upcoming local musicians and artists to explore and develop their talents.
Twelve years ago, the CIMERWA School “Educateur Nursery/Primary School” had 64 students. Today in 2018, there are over 453 students, across three classes, with fourteen teachers, one headmaster, and over the last three years the school has been ranked second in performance in the Rusizi district for the national exam.
The CIMERWA Clinic was established at commissioning of the plant in 1984. It includes a pharmacy, a 13-bed hospital and a laboratory manned by trained staff. It has grown over time with the addition of new services like family planning, HIV care, and immunization with vaccines provided by the Government.Read More
The Turf Blocks Project is an initiative by CIMERWA to engage women in the community of Bugarama to make blocks that are used for paving of parking lots for commercial structures, access roads, private residence compounds and high way escapements to prevent landslides and control heavy rainwater flow.Read More
CIMERWA recognized that as the need for tailored outfits for use around the factory emerged, the tailors in the community next to the plant would be a key source of technical skills. Local tailors organized themselves to work in conjunction with CIMERWA to provide the required tailory service.
During one of CIMERWA’s meetings with the community, a young girl sat quietly, knitting a scarf with so much ease oblivious of the meeting’s proceedings to the admiration of others. This drew the attention of the company’s staff that saw not only a hobby at display but also a business opportunity.