How the private sector is coming to the table to ease the burden of the Covid-19 crisis.

During a televised state of the nation address that aired on Saturday evening, March 29th, H.E Paul Kagame announced the implementation of a support program to distribute essentials to the most vulnerable citizens across the country.

As the Covid-19 country-wide lockdown remains in full effect until further notice, the Ministry of Local Governance will be dispatching basic essentials including maize flour, beans, cooking oil, porridge flour, rice, salt, sugar and soap throughout all 416 sectors of Rwanda.


In an effort to lend a supporting hand to individuals hit by the Corona Virus and stave off some of its immediate effects, CIMERWA donated items worth Rwf 6,330,000 to the Bugarama community, home to its production plant in the Rusizi District. With the help of District authorities, this donation will be dispatched to the most vulnerable families in the area.

“We’re facing unprecedented circumstances, the Covid-19 pandemic has paralyzed the world. With the help of community authorities we targeted families that are being affected by the economic strain being faced and the consequent lockdown that has ensued. We can all contribute something, no matter how small it may seem. I encourage other local companies to join this collective effort so we can help as much as we can” stated Carl Heese, CIMERWA’s General Manager.


CIMERWA retains a keen focus on helping communities through its outreach initiatives endearingly termed “BecauseCIMERWA”.

“We commend the dedication of health workers across the country and government institutions that are hard at work to contain the spread of Corona Virus. Precaution measures like staying at home and washing our hands thoroughly can help us contain this virus quickly and effectively. In addition to the donation we just made to the Bugarama Community due to the COVID-19, we remain committed to CSI programs in other sectors such as health, education and more. We are stronger together.” expounded Paul Nkusi, CIMERWA’s HR Manager.