In 2010, we started Rwanda Village Enterprises, a social enterprise venture whose goal is to create a replicable housing development model in Rwanda – To create a comprehensive mixed-income housing solution that leverages the strength of existing employers such as the Ministry of Health and can serve as a model for future developments undertaken elsewhere in Rwanda and the region.
- Community EnhancementTo enhance the quality of life for all members of the Rwinkwavu community through town planning and the exceptional design of community facilities. This could include a market center, town plaza, retail stores or community buildings.
- Economic Growth and Poverty ReductionTo foster the retention of wealth within Rwinkwavu Sector; to generate increased tax revenue; to create jobs related to carpentry, construction and infrastructure development; to create new venues for commerce; to promote home ownership as a means of household saving, wealth creation and stability; to increase the property values of existing homes and land without expropriation; to provide infrastructure improvements.
- Local Capacity Building
To develop local design, carpentry and construction expertise as a permanent industry; to facilitate the dissemination of low-cost housing solutions, equipment, and technology to individuals interested in building on land they already own or in improving existing homes; to provide home ownership training; to catalyze growth and provide a model rural village for future development projects in the Sector and throughout Rwanda.
- Health PromotionTo advance public health by improving the quality of homes and enhancing the hospital’s and PIH’s ability to attract and retain talent in Rwinkwavu.
- Environmental Sustainability
To use local and renewable construction materials, rainwater harvesting, bio-gas generation, composting toilets and other earth-friendly technologies; to serve as a model community for sustainability.