Improving Communities While Doing Business

The Fleurette Group believes that building our business goes hand-in-hand with improving our local communities.

With this in mind, we invest in the DRC’s major cities, smaller towns, and rural communities to improve the lives of the country’s most vulnerable people. In fact, a Fleurette Group motto is: “When doing business, don’t forget the people.”

Since its inception, hundred of
Millions of dollars
have been
invested in social welfare &
infrastructure projects.

Project Highlights

Because many communities in the DRC are still in need of basic services like clean drinking water, electrical power, and rural roads, building and repairing infrastructure in the DRC is a top priority for the Fleurette Group. Working with local communities, we’re constructing and refurbishing roads, bridges, airports, hospitals, and schools, and implementing electrification and water purification projects. Examples of these projects are as follows:

  • Provided police in Bunia with five four-wheel drive vehicles and 20 motorbikes.
  • Feasibility Study for the refurbishment of the Budana Power Plant with the aim to double the power delivery capacity.
  • Opened a medical and maternity center in Kasenyi with a treatment capacity of approximately 2000 people per month, with two full-time doctors and four full-time nurses on the Oil of DRCongo payroll.
  • Donating seeds to local farmers.
  • Oil of DRCongo has donated the population of Ituri a community radio station.
  • Rehabilitation of the road from Watsa to Moku-Beverendi project, the main transport artery to Kisangani.
  • SMB has also set up a local commission which meets regularly with local community representatives to update them on the project, but also to look at other areas in which SMB can provide investment.

Lasting Impact

Mining projects are long-term investments that depend on the lifetime of each mine, which is typically estimated to be around 20 to 30 years. That range, however, does not include the time it takes to develop imperative groundwork resources underlying the potential success of the mine and its surrounding communities. Therefore, aside from the necessary infrastructure built because of the mines – such as roads, electricity supply, and an established water supply used by both the mines and by local populations – many of the operations’ relevant projects also have social and community obligations, including medical infrastructure and the training of future employees.