Leading beverages manufacturer Bralirwa, has officially inaugurated solar kits provided to 283 vulnerable families who live around Bralirwa’s co-owned Bramin farm in Kayonza District in the Eastern Province.
In a deal that was signed in October this year with the district of Kayonza and the Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL), Bralirwa agreed to donate solar electricity systems to the families in line with the company’s values to respect people and the environment in which they live, by creating a positive impact on communities around the business.
Speaking during the event, which started with the planting of 1,200 trees in Ndego Sector in the district, Freddy Nyangezi, Bralirwa’s Corporate Affairs Manager, noted that the company is working hand in hand with different stakeholders to enable rural electrification.
“We always look for opportunities to empower communities such as providing access to electricity. We have started with the 283 households but we will do more,” he said.
The solar systems, supplied by Mobisol, consist of a solar panel, a battery, 3 lights, a solar lantern and a phone charger kit. It took one week to install all systems in the homes.
Jean Damascene Harerimana, the vice-Mayor in charge of Social Affairs in Kayonza, commended Bralirwa for not only focusing on quenching people’s thirst with their beverages but also eradicating darkness from people’s homes.
“Having electricity is much better than using the kerosene lamps that often gave people problems,” he remarked. “I want to thank Bralirwa for this effort, as rural electrification isn’t its main business.”
The participants in the ceremony were also given a tour of Bramin maize farm by Keith McGaw, the farm manager. Bramin is a modern, irrigated maize farm set up by Bralirwa and maize millers Minimex to ensure local supply of highquality maize. The farm has been a blessing to Ndego sector, as it provides employment to about 200 of its residents.
Read this article and more in issue n° 81 of Hope Magazine.