Kamiro Industrial Site
As part of the initiative of alleviating the Idjwi population from poverty and empowering the youth to attain practical skills in industry and commerce. This industrial hub is a model for community development and empowerment. Various trades are taught at the industrial site and the produce is sold to neighbouring villages and countries.
The IDJWI island population is estimated to be at 216,000 inhabitants as of July 2015, and 89.60 percent are cassava farmers, and a combined 66 percent are interested in growing corn and soybeans. Advanced agricultural breeding techniques are being used to combat the plant diseases that mainly affect bananas and cassava (Wit Bactérien). New breeds of bananas and cassava have been developed that are disease resistant. Cassava and maize are ground and packaged and they supplement diet for the island community.
All industrial activities on the site are powered by a hydroelctric station that produces about 10 MW per hour from the Tama river. This is more than enough to power the campus, therefore, some of the power is used to run the independent coffee bean plant just next to the campus and the rest is fed into the grid to power the administration centre in Bugarula about 15 km away. With the help of UNDP we increased our power generation capacity by the upgrading of the turbine, the alternator, and the regulator.
Palm kernel oil extracted from palm nuts is pressed to produce oil for soap manufacturing. The soap produced is in the form of bars and powder and is highly on demand on the Island and surrounding regions (Rwanda, Bukavu, Goma, KALEHE).
Chicken and Turkey farming
Two incubation units have been installed and they produced over 1000 chicks per week. Some of the chicks are sold to the locals. There is also some turkey and chicken rearing which produces some of the best breeds on the island.
Spring water and juice factory
A nearby spring provides water which under goes filtration, purification and bottling. The purified water is also sold locally. A fruit juice factory is also in the vicinity and a range of naturally flavoured juices are produced which include; pineapple, banana, mango, passion fruit, orange, and sugar cane.
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Water and Sanitation
In partnership with with ICC-Vancouver we have managed to supply clean water to four villages (BUSHONGA, BWESHU, KISHUMBU, and BUKINANYANA),) with a total population of 1300. This has lowered the cases of diseases such a cholera and typhoid.
We are carrying out a re afforestation program to restore our indigenous trees and to combat soil erosion.
We train the youth how to weld and do carpentry to occupy their time and to promote entrepreneurship.
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