Hawa is from Guinea, where she studied accounting. Upon her arrival in Quebec, she quickly began looking for work, but had no success. She is a Renaissance participant, being trained to be a sales clerk–cashier–sorter. "The people were very welcoming, the work was clearly explained, it's like a family. I had lost confidence in myself and working at Renaissance is helping me rediscover myself and giving me hope." Hawa would like to go back to school to study logistics and work part-time as a sales clerk, once she finishes her Renaissance training.
Since 2010, Renaissance has been a member of a group of social enterprises managing residual material the RQEÉS-GMR (Le Regroupement Québécois des Entreprises d’Économie Sociale en Gestion des Matières Résiduelles).
This umbrella group’s mission is to ensure that the management of residual waste conforms to the commitment to sustainable development. Thus it ensures that the 4Rs-D are respected (Reduce, Re-use, Recycle, Recover and Dispose).
The vision of the RQEÉS-GMR rests in the fact that social enterprises which are non-profit organisations can be important players if not pioneers in the field of the management of residual materials and sustainable development. These enterprises integrate socially responsible economic and environmental missions in the management of residual materials. They play a significant role in the creation of projects providing innovative solutions in this sector of economic activities. With collective action, they create jobs and have developed numerous projects even before the private (for profit) sector showed any interest: re-use and recycling for social solidarity.
The RQEÉS-GMR hopes to facilitate networking among its members and support the development of their activities. The social enterprises know how to integrate environmental, economic and social concerns.
To learn more about the RQEÉS-GMR consult their website at: www.rqees-gmr.sitego.fr