How Many Floors Have We Completed?
As of July 2017, EarthEnable has installed about 50,000 square meters (about 500,000 square feet) of healthy earthen flooring to directly replace dirt floors. This has translated to 8,000 Rwandans in over 300 different villages who no longer have to live on a dirt floor and can lead healthier lives. We serve customers in three districts and 19 different sectors of Rwanda with plans to expand to two additional districts of Rwanda during 2017.
Cumulative houses floored (as of April 2017)
Further, we have employed more than 80 people full-time. Part of our organizational culture is to invest significantly in the professional development of our staff. We have frequent coaching sessions and check-ins, and are constantly reshuffling duties and responsibilities for our teammates to grow into more senior roles. Youth unemployment is high in Rwanda, and as a result, it is very common for Rwandans to graduate from college without jobs. We believe it's our responsibility to hire and train bright young stars in Rwanda who want to be part of Rwanda's development.
Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in Africa located just south of the Equator and bordered by Burundi, Uganda, Congo, and Tanzania. Though small (just 10,000 square miles), it is very densely populated, being home to almost 12 million people.
Rwanda is also stunningly beautiful, filled with lush green mountains, thousands of species of flora & fauna and nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. But things aren’t always easy here. Rwanda is completely land-locked, which means it can be very difficult to bring supplies into the country and that any supplies brought in will be quite expensive and often difficult for locals to afford. The economy is based mainly on agriculture with almost 90% of workers working on farms.
You might know Rwanda for another reason. Rwanda is a country only 20 years out of one of the most devastating genocides in world history. But Rwandans are focused on moving forward. The economy is growing about 8% per year, life expectancy has doubled to 60 years, and infant mortality has decreased. Unfortunately, there’s still a long way to go. Rwanda ranks 176th out of 188 countries for infant mortality rates, in the bottom 10% for overall life expectancy, and only a small fraction of children complete secondary education.