INSHUTI OF RWANDA INCORPORATED

Building homes. Creating local jobs. Growing an Inshuti community.

aka Inshuti of Rwanda   |   Brattleboro, VT   |  www.inshutiofrwanda.org

Mission

Building homes in Rwanda to build wellness, stability, and a future. We are improving living conditions, creating local jobs, and growing a community of Inshuti.

Ruling year info

2015

Founder & Executive Director

Rosa Marino

Main address

PO Box 1541

Brattleboro, VT 05302 USA

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EIN

47-4795762

NTEE code info

Housing Development, Construction, Management (L20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Inshuti of Rwanda aims to alleviate the problem of homelessness and families living in deplorable conditions by funding the building of new houses. Our Inshuti homes provide more than just shelter from the elements but also prevent the spread of diseases through sanitary flooring, beds with mosquito nets, and proper pit latrines. We rely on locally-sourced, often sustainable materials, and our Rwandan workers are paid a livable wage, supplying jobs in the process.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

2022 Building Season

In 2022 we plan on building 20 new houses, over two building seasons, for impoverished families in Rwanda. We are moving towards a two-building-season model in response to sourcing local materials and providing consistent employment to our staff. Employing our core group of workers during a January build and a September build will have a more significant impact on our Inshuti community,

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Where we work

Awards

Certificate of Achievement 2020

Rubavu Sector

Certificate of Achievement 2021

Rubavu Sector

Certificate of Achievement 2022

Rubavu Sector

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of dollars received per donor

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

2022 Building Season

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have listed the number of families helped per year. However, in each family, there are several family members who benefit from our homes.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We believe housing is a human right. Everyone deserves refuge from the elements and to raise their children in a safe environment. It is our vision that once the fundamental need for shelter is met, the families who dwell in these homes have the opportunity to start building their own, independent lives.

We raise money abroad which allows us to employ local Rwanda masons, carpenters, and laborers. We build traditional homes using sustainable, local materials which in itself improves the local economy. Obviously, our families benefit from their new homes but we are also improving the lives of our workers and suppliers.

Inshuti of Rwanda has been constructing homes for seven building seasons with the assistance of our project coordinator and many workers who have been involved with our program since its inception. Each year we have successfully reached our fundraising goal and even surpassed the number of houses we intended to build.

To date, we have built 57 standard Inshuti houses and two multi-family Umuryango houses sheltering 65 families in total. In the process of building homes, we have also provided over 160 local jobs with liveable wages and grown an Inshuti community. In 2020, we became a nonprofit organization in Rwanda and are officially registered with the Rwandan Government Board (RGB). Inshuti of Rwanda was awarded certificates of appreciation in 2020 and 2021 and 2022 by the Mayor of Rubavu Provence in Rwanda for our continued work in the Murara Sector.

What is next?

In 2022, our goals are focused on growth and development to have a greater larger on our Inshuti community in Rwanda. We hope to raise $60,000 to construct 20 new houses over two building seasons.

The Inshuti team is excited about our move towards a two-building season model in response to sourcing local materials and providing consistent employment to our staff. Employing our core group of workers during a January build and then in a September build will give them a greater opportunity to support their families.

We realize that the next leap forward is sourcing funding outside personal donations to increase our budget and overall impact on our Rwandan community. To do this, we are in the process of hiring a consultant for advice on the next steps towards growing Inshuti and being able to apply for grants.

Financials

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INSHUTI OF RWANDA INCORPORATED

Board of directors
as of 05/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Mitchell

Scott Cohen

Steve Marino

Erasme Uyizeye

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/30/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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Decline to state
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
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Disability status
Person without a disability

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/30/2022

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.