Bralirwa, the biggest drinks manufacturer in the country, on Wednesday signed an MoU with the district of Kayonza and the Energy Development Corporation Limited (EDCL) to supply solar electricity systems to 283 vulnerable families in Ndego sector, which is also home to Bramin maize farm, partly owned by Bralirwa.
The donation is worth Rwf 15 million.
The solar systems, supplied by Mobisol, consist of a solar panel, a battery, 3 lights, a solar lantern and a phone charger kit. It will take one week to install all systems.
The managing director of Bralirwa, Victor Madiela, called it a big day for the company’s ambitious corporate social responsibility agenda.
“Our Bramin farm provides jobs to some 300 people who live around the farm in Ndego, so we want to support that community,” he said. “For example, we have a permanent ambulance at the farm which is there for the community.”
“Today we sign this MoU to provide electricity to Ndego sector, and it will not be the last such MoU,” Madiela added.
The executive secretary of Kayonza district, Ronald Kiwanuka, said the local authorities are very grateful for the good cooperation with Bramin and Bralirawa.
“In the name of the mayor and the population, I want to thank Bralirwa for this donation,” he said. “It will bring relief as Ndego is one of the few sectors in the district which still doesn’t have electricity.”
Yves Nshuti, the acting managing director of EDCL, remarked that Bralirwa’s initiative contributes to achieving universal access to electricity by 2024.
“We appreciate this effort by Bralirwa, which is not in the business of electrification,” Nshuti observed. “And we encourage other companies to follow this example.”