Green Light Project lights up Rwanda
A new Green Light Project (GLP) Vocational Training Center has opened in the Gahengeri Sector of the Rwamagana district in Rwanda’s Eastern Province to teach agricultural skills to young adults. The new GLP training facility will foster greater self-sufficiency throughout the region, helping local communities generate sustainable income from agricultural sales. The Rwanda center is the tenth GLP project established across seven different African nations since 2012.
This Vocational Training Center is the latest stage in Kia’s ongoing Green Light Project global corporate social responsibility (CSR) program. The Green Light Project strives to improve access to healthcare, education, and employment for disadvantaged children and young adults in some of the most underdeveloped regions in the world. The program seeks to “turn the red light to green” for individuals and communities, empowering them with the skills and opportunities needed to improve their lives.
The opening ceremony of the center was attended by local residents and a host of dignitaries including Mr. Rajab Mbonyumuvunyi, major of the Rwamagana District; Mr. Fred Mufurukye, governor of Rwanda’s Eastern Province; South Korean Ambassador to Rwanda Eung Joong Kim; and Mr. Byung Hwa Lee, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Rwanda Director. Also present were Han-yoon So, Director of Merry Year International, and Mr. Kyehwan Roh of Kia’s CSR Management Team.
The local economy of the Rwamagana district is heavily dependent on agriculture, with farmers making up 90 percent of the Gahegeri Sector’s working population. Unfortunately, there are typically low levels of productivity due to the dense population and mountainous nature of the region. The lack of skills, machinery, and poor storage facilities and an inadequate infrastructure pose additional challenges.
The GLP Vocational Training Center provides an agricultural machinery rental service and incubation program to local farmers, supporting new and existing farms with harvesting, sales, and distribution on top of acting as a job training facility.
Kia’s Green Light Project currently works with local people on projects in six neighboring African countries – Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi, Kenya, Uganda, and Ethiopia – and plans to expand throughout other developing countries in Africa and all around the world.