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Rwanda: Manufacturing of high-end quality furniture

General information
Project location: Nyamata, Rwanda
Consortium: Alpha CD Technologies (Burundi) SURL, Alpha CD Technologies (Rwanda) SURL
Project Budget: € 1,442,100
External financing: PSI
Project period: From July 2012 to December 2014

Currently no high end furniture is being produced in Rwanda, forcing furniture dealers to import the products. Imports of high-end quality furniture have experienced spectacular growth over the last five years. From the manufacturing factory of the applicant in Burundi, the project partners serve the Rwandan high-end furniture market since 2010. However, the project partners have experienced difficulties with serving the market because of inadequate road infrastructure, distance to customers and inefficient customs procedures. By establishing a furniture manufacturing factory in Rwanda, the partners will overcome these challenges and seize the market opportunities.

The project will contract 44 female employees for 140 full time positions in the project, and 8 females will hold medium/high positions. The project will train 180 people and will develop a vocational training programme whereby 30 trainees will be recruited from local vocational centres, of which at least 20 will get a job at the joint venture. ISO 9001 certification on quality management will be obtained and a workers union will be established.

Advance Consulting assisted the partners to develop the project proposal and business plan and continues to be involved in the project’s implementation.

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