Social Strategic Partnerships
Hima Cement is in partnership with World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) to support farmers in Kasese district in promoting sustainable land management practices through the Payment for Watershed Management Services Scheme in the River Mubuku watershed.
The projects aims to:
Reduce soil erosion and improve soil nutrients through construction of soil and water conservation structures
Increase land cover through planting of timber and fruit tree species
Protect River Mubuku through strengthening of the river banks and preventing flooding.
The partnership benefits 204 farmers covering over 200 hectares of farm land.
Hima Cement Coffee Project
In 2011, Hima Cement started the Hima Coffee Development Project to support local coffee producing communities in Kasese and Kamwenge districts towards poverty alleviation and economic growth. The company committed to provide 16.8 million seedlings to farmers. This would in turn go a long way in ensuring sustainable access to renewable energy for the Hima Plant which uses over 56% biomass as alternative fuel.
Hima Cement offers financing for seedlings which are purchased at a cost of 300 ugx/seedling. The farmer contributes 50ugx for each seedling.
The Project has so far distributed 16.8 million coffee seedlings from year 2012 to date
Over 60,000 farmers have benefitted from the project so far
Income to the farmers expected to be at €27M by year 2020 from the project.
30kt of coffee husks is to be received by year 2020 which is approximately 20% of Hima Cement energy requirement.
Hima Plant is sustaining its biomass substitution at 56% thus reducing carbon footprint.
Coffee processing facilities have opened in the districts resulting in more jobs in the region.
The project is implemented through key stakeholders; three local Farmers Associations- Bukonzo Joint Cooperative, Micro Finance Society Limited (BJC), Kamwenge District Farmers Organization (KADIFO), Kasese District Farmers Association (KADIFA) – grow the seed beds and help to mobilize and distribute the seedlings to farmers.
SOS Partnerhsip in Harugongo to improve household incomes through agribusiness
Hima Cement in partnership with SOS Children’s Villages Fort Portal joined hands to launch a Livelihood Development Project in Harugongo Sub County.
The project aims at improving the people's livelihoods through supporting viable Income Generating Activities (IGAs) and Village Savings and Lending Associations (VSLAs) and also has a component of community health care interventions through community health outreach programs.
To support viable income generating activities and sustainable livelihood initiatives aimed at reducing impact of poverty by strengthening the capacities of 60 households to have increased income, food security and improved nutrition.
Provision of high yielding varieties cabbages, onions and tomatoes seeds as well as farm tools to further improve self-reliance
Formation of the Community savings and credit structures (Village Savings and Lending Associations) 10 groups were formed, each comprising 30 members and covering 300 households.
The SOS Medical team will be conducting community outreaches across the parishes in Harugongo where health education and treatment of minor illnesses will be carried out.
<p>Women in Bukonzo Joint Cooperative sorting coffee after hurling</p>
<p>16.7 million coffee seedlings distributed to over 60,000 farmers in Kasese and Kamwenge from 2011 to 2016</p>
<p>Kyabenda Health Center in Kamwenge was donated by Hima Cement</p>
<p>Collaborating with WWF to support farmers and protect River Mubuku catchment area through the Payment for Watershed Management Systems Scheme</p>
<p>Hima Cement conducted a dental camp for children in Hima town, below the age of 15 in June 2017. 20 dental specialists from Case Hospital treated over 3400 pupils over 3 days.</p>
<p>Hima Cement donated two VIP latrines to Harugongo Primary School in Fort Portal in November 2017.<br> Hima Cement has been donating sanitary facilities - VIP latrines - to school children since 2007. Over 30 schools have benefited.</p>
<p>A newly renovated classroom block at Hima Primary School. Hima Cement has built over 40 classroom blocks in schools since 2007</p>
<p>Boda Boda Riders receive reflective jackets and mosquito nets after road safety training</p>