14 December 2022
We started the training of 50 farmers in the pilot villages. Six drip irrigation systems will be built in the course of the project.
21 October 2022
As part of the Offgrid Solar Forum in Kigali, 60 participants from all over the world visited the two pilot villages.
14 October 2022
Sustainable Villages Foundation, together with the "Ecole Primaire de Juru" and with financial support from the Schmitz Foundations' Small Projects Fund, has set up a Smart Classroom with 31 Windows laptops.
06 October 2022
After a short delay, the construction of the nursery school /ECD (Early Childhood Development) has now started. The first phase consists of a classroom, an office, a kitchen and sanitary facilities.
09 September 2022
In cooperation with a local Rwandan solar company, the electrification of the "Juru Primary School" with almost 900 pupils and 20 classrooms was completed today.
01 August 2022
We have been working on the basis of the needs assessment data since last year. After intensive work, it has now finally been completed as a document.
20 July 2022
Earth Enable, a social enterprise that offers affordable and durable earthen housing solutions, and the Foundation signed a MoU for the construction of the model house in the pilot village Rugarama.
Read more: Memorandum of Understanding for construction of a nursery school signed
29 June 2022
Juru Primary School and the Foundation signed a MoU to electrify the primary school with a solar system, to install a smart classroom with laptops and to support teacher training in IT and English.
Read more: Memorandum of Understanding on school electrification agreed
25 May 2022
Francine Munyaneza, the CEO and Founder of Munyax Eco, has been elected as Chairwoman of Sustainable Villages Foundation’s Board of Trustees. Olivier Kraft, an Independent Consultant in Finance, has been elected as Deputy Chairman. Both are based in Kigali.
20 April 2022
In the villages of Rugarama and Bisgara, 95% of households now have solar power. 16% of households have optimised cook stoves that use 80% less firewood than conventional three-stone fireplaces.
11 April 2022
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Sustainable Villages Foundation (SVF) and the Ministry for Local Governance (MINALOC) have described the fields of activity of the foundation. The Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) has recognised SVF as an "International Non-Governmental Organisation".
24 September 2021
In the villages of Rugarama and Bisgara, ENGIE Energy Access (formerly Mobisol) has installed small solar offgrid systems (three lamps, radio, mobile phone charging) in 30% of households without electricity.
Read more: Household electrification via local savings groups
11 August 2021
The cistern of the primary school in Bisagara is repaired and filled with water!
30 April 2021
Immediately following the needs assessment and household survey, the first projects were launched.
28 April 2021
What is really needed in the two pilot villages?
19 February 2021
A lot of creativity and a lot of effort went into the website, finally it's live!
11 November 2020
The "Sustainable Villages Foundation" was recognised by the responsible foundation authority on 11 November 2020.
07 November 2020
The village of Bisagara in Bugesera, south of Kigali, was selected as the pilot village.