Ikirezi Natural Products is an emerging agribusiness that is pioneering the production of high quality essential oils in Rwanda, The Land of a Thousand Hills. Ikirezi, meaning "precious pearl" in the local dialect, partners with small farmers in Rwanda to harvest plant leaves for essential oil production. Our main product is geranium oil which is 100% organic, wholly derived from Perlargonium graveolens. Ikirezi partners with four associations/cooperatives comprised of more than 500 farmers. New associations/cooperatives will be added as we expand onto additional hectares of land. Widows and orphans comprise 80% of current members, as Ikirezi is dedicated to working in partnership with Rwanda's poorest and most vulnerable populations.
In addition to our commitment to maximize farmers' profits, Ikirezi is devoted to improving farmers' social livelihoods, empowering them to transform their communities. We believe in fostering association/cooperative autonomy and self-sufficiency, while providing various trainings such as agribusiness management and HIV/AIDS prevention and care. After three full years of production, Ikirezi now works with four cooperatives at four different sites in Rwanda. More than 500 farmers are employed by Ikirezi. ECOCERT certification has been achieved every year and more 500 kg geranium oil has been produced. Distillation units of 250 kg capacity are in use at our sites in Kiyombe and Gasabo and a new modern distillation unit with a capacity of 600 kg has recently been established at the Gahara site.
Environmental Goods or Services, Social Enterprise