Starting in 2015, RHF has supported the following projects.
Women in Coffee Initiative Ltd was launched in 2014 to provide high-quality and full service distribution of coffee parchment to Rwanda’s coffee supplies and exporters.
Women in Coffee Initiative (WICI) buys raw coffee beans directly form growers and prepares it in parchments. Then coffee is sold to main coffee trading companies within the country. Currently, Rwanda Trading Company (RTC), a Rwandan coffee exporter, advances working capital needs to WICI with the commitment of buying all their production at the end of the season.
Women in Coffee Initiative (WICI) deal exclusively in green coffee cherries, grown in the country and 100% Arabica. Cherries are purchased directly from coffee growers, prepared (i.e. cleaned, graded and dried) to produce the parchment, packaged into 60kg sacks at the WICI plant and sold to coffee producing companies for further processing and exportation. At the moment the company is directly selling its parchment to Rwanda Trading Company (RTC).
Women In Coffee currently employs 42 women from rural areas and they are planning to hire 5 more in the upcoming season.
Habona Ltd is a waste management company in Rwanda that turns household waste into affordable and environmentally friendly clean burning briquettes and bio-fertilizers. Jean Bosco Nzeyimana, a young and passionate entrepreneur who sees his company as a way of transforming his community, founded Habona in 2013. Jean Bosco was born in the poorest District in Rwanda, and lived in a house without electricity. As a result, his family prepared food on a charcoal stove and heated the house by burning wood which can contribute to many health problems, including respiratory infections and cataracts, as well being environmentally damaging.
Currently, Habona manages a waste management facility serving Nyamagabe District (population 300,000), collects trash from collection site in two cities, and turns the organic waste into environmentally friendly fuels and fertilizers. Habona has 20 full-time employees and creates an additional 40 temporary jobs each month. Habona is working to increase capacity at the factory to supply briquettes to more local schools, hospitals, restaurants and businesses. In addition, Habona is building a demonstration garden on the property to educate local farmers in the cost-saving and crop-yielding benefits of using bio-fertilizers instead of the common chemical ones.
In addition to employment, which improves the economic livelihood of the local community, the social impact is also evident by providing sustainable alternatives for charcoal to farmers, thereby reducing deforestation and assisting farmers to increase yield and their economic livelihood.
In the remote southwest of Rwanda, there is widespread poverty and suffering with only limited NGO support. Rwanda Aid works here to provide hope and opportunity.
Innovation: Working with the community to find new and effective solutions
Empowerment: Supporting education, training and enterprise
Sustainability: Leading to self-sufficiency and independence.
RHF specifically supports Rwanda Aid's Enterprise Development Program, which helps unemployed young people and vulnerable groups to develop effective income-generating co-operatives in the remote southwest region of Rwanda. By cultivating enterprise cultures, Rwanda Aid believe even the most vulnerable in rural Rwanda can achieve sustainable living wage.
Since 2008, Rwanda Aid has impacted over 6,000 people in its programs including disaster relief, education, healthcare, vocational training and environmental protection.
Women for Women work to help women facing violence, marginalisation and poverty, as a result of war and conflict, to earn and save money, improve health and well being, influence decisions in their home and community, and connect to networks for support.
In 2016, RHF committed to assist with a £25,000 grant for a new pilot project that, specifically, to support 100 women interested in starting individual or group businesses, helping them consolidate and apply their learning to grow small and medium-sized women-led enterprises. WfWI provided advanced business skills training and mentorship; ran a business plan competition; and provided micro-business capital to eight enterprises with the strongest business plans.
Key outcomes: Based on the activities outlined above, WfWI expects to see the following outcomes:
At least 40 cooperatives have business plans produced by their members.
60% of women participating in the project report at least a 10% increase in personal earnings
60% of women participating in the project report at least a 5% increase in household asset stock
Building from the pilot project, WfWI is seeking to scale up advanced business training and micro-business capital to reach hundreds more women over the next three years. We will retain features that have worked well throughout the pilot project and further expand upon those where we feel more attention is needed. RHF will support WfWI with a 3 year committment.
Bringing a Proven Solution for Youth Livelihoods to Rwanda
Over the last seven years, Educate! has rigorously designed, tested, and improved their skills- based model of education in Uganda specifically to transform the lives of youth in Africa, scaling it to 400 schools (almost 15% of Ugandan secondary schools). They have honed the tools to provide a quality education that provably creates sustainable livelihoods: more businesses, more jobs, greater leadership, higher incomes, and stronger independence. Results from Educate!'s Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) show that students who completed the program earned more than twice as much as their peers, and our students are 64% more likely to start businesses. The effect on girls was even larger—female graduates were 152% more likely than girls in the control group to own a business. Leading institutions and thought leaders in global education, social enterprise, and international development, such as the Brookings Institution, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Devex, and Bill Gates have recently featured Educate! as an innovative leader in skills-based education.
Educate! has already successfully advised the incorporation of aspects of their model into two major national education reforms in Uganda and Rwanda, and just a few months ago they signed a memorandum of understanding with a third—Kenya. Building upon their experience, they have identified a major challenge for all skills-based education reforms: how to translate policy reform (changes on paper) to a genuinely improved experience for students (changes on the ground). Educate! believes that teacher training and mentorship, two components they have been implementing with great success in Uganda since 2012, coupled with a national curriculum reform, will be the most impactful way to achieve this transformation, and they want to test its impact. Educate! currently has a monumental opportunity to test this theory in Rwanda. Phase 1 of this initiative is already underway. What has been achieved together in Rwanda will, in turn, allow them to create transformational change across multiple education systems and deliver their solution to millions of youth across the continent.
Educate!-Rwanda Hope Foundation Partnership 2017-2019
Educate!'s 2016 partnership with Rwanda Hope Foundation provided them with the critical support needed as they launched their operations on the ground in Rwanda. Rwanda Hope Foundation’s investment has reaped enormous returns for the youth of Rwanda, and recent success is tied closely to RHF's role as an essential partner and champion during this period of growth.
There is an enormous opportunity to create transformational change to the Rwandan education system. Rwanda Hope Foundation’s continued support as a partner in this opportunity, leveraging the success already achieved in the country will create even bigger impact in the years to come.
Educate! will train teachers in 120 schools in Rwanda this year, and RHF's committment will directly allow Educate! to work in 20 schools over the next three years, helping them to fully fund their teacher training through the pilot phase and continue to iterate on the model in 2018 and 2019. A three-year partnership with Rwanda Hope Foundation will provide Educate! with the solid, reliable support needed to channel energies into maximizing impact on the ground. RHF's support during Educate!'s launch in Rwanda was critical, and we are looking forward to building on that foundation in the years to come as we work to transform the education systems and impact tens of thousands of lives in Rwanda.
Located in Rwanda, Asili Natural Oils (ANO) occupies a critical link in the supply chain - connecting hundreds of smallholder farmers to higher value international markets.
Asili Natural Oils is committed to the farmers we partner with, and we've focused on creating a value chain that supports them well - we've provided free saplings, free transport, increased the price paid to farmers by 60% and signed transparent contracts with each supplier. Asili is in the process of being certified Fair Trade and Organic, which will increase the value of our products and allow our farmers to enjoy even greater benefits in the future.
Our vision is to be a trusted African producer of a range of existing and novel natural oils to our customers in the Personal Care industry while directly and positively impacting the poor.
SOCIAL IMPACT SUMMARY
ANO Moringa Families: Quick Facts