In November French speaking Associates John Heywood and Sibylle von de Fenn will be delivering an action learning facilitator training course in Kinshasa the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The training is part of the global roll out to train local facilitators to run Continuous Learning Groups (CLG) for first line managers in Heineken International’s companies. John and Sibylle will be working with staff from the local company Bralima – a Heineken operating company established in 1923 which runs five local breweries. Both trainers will deliver the course in French which is the official language in DRC.
A vast country with immense economic resources DRC has been at the centre of what has been termed “Africa’s world war” which has left it in the grip of a humanitarian crisis. In 2008 Bralima teamed up with International NGO EUCORD in a collaborative approach to improve the sustainable production of rice. The Rice Project has helped ensure a secure supply of rice for production, helped revive the local agriculture, reduced rural poverty, combated malnutrition, and improved access to primary education. The project has become a main source of income for many people and helps them to feed and educate their children. The creation of jobs is an important issue in the region, as many lost their jobs during war.
Bralima now uses 87% local rice in beer production, from 16% in 2008. There are now over 41,000 local families involved in production, from 10,000 in 2008.