Empowering Villages is always busy working with rural communities to build EVC's or Empowering Villages Centers. These include strategic master-plan components which cater to the specific needs of each community.
5 designs complete
2 projects in construction
3 projects in design
Sunzu Yacu Library
Sunzu Yacu is a unique village, located on a picturesque ridge between lakes Burera and Ruhondo. The recent introduction of a nearby resort lodge brought infrastructure that sparked many development programs within the community, held in a new library facility provided by EV and its partnership with humanitarian architecture nonprofit Journeyman International.
In the past several years, EV has been working with the local community to continue developing positive social impact programs.
Rubagabaga Industrial Masterplan
The Village of Rubagabaga will be developing their local businesses with an industrial park that will provide space for manufacturing and selling a variety of products. This hopes to bring job opportunities and better way of life for the community. Along with that will be a library and educational community center that will be a space for children to gather and grow. The industrial park will be connected to an existing hydropower plant that will power the entire project on a micro grid scale.
Bihongora Masterplan and Aquaculture Cooperative
Bihongora Masterplan aims to capitalize on local aquaculture programs and provide a community space for cooperatives and local business to build a self sustaining economy and social framework. This project will be connected to a Hydropower plant that will generate 5 MW for both the National Grid and a mini-grid connected to the local village.
Rwaza Coffee/Cocoa Cooperative and Community Center
This project will consist of a containerized community library and learning space next to the Rwaza Hydropower Plant on the Mukungwa River in the North West of Rwanda. The objective is to design and built two retro-fitted 40 foot containers with covered patio space where the villagers can learn and achieve greater economic empowerment. The nearby powerhouse will divert a small percentage of electricity to the library for community development programs. A pre-existing local farming cooperative will utilize this facility as a space for implementing and managing their coffee and cocoa co-op. Ten hectares of the hydropower plant property will be utilized by this cooperative in order to grow cacao and coffee. In addition, the facility will provide training and capacity building opportunities in agriculture, helping the villagers build a more environmentally and economically sustainable way of life.
ASYV Women's Cooperative
Volunteers Amanda Stahler, Tia Diaharpport and Dustin Sullivan are working to design a women’s cooperative and library for the town of Ntunga in Rwanda, near the Agahozo Shalom Youth Village and Scatec solar site. This project will bring energy access, education, and empowerment to a community that borders the 8.5 MW solar field that provides renewable energy to the village. It will house a library / learning space as well as a gathering space where local entrepreneurs can engage in training and capacity building opportunities in the field of agriculture. By giving the local women a space to manufacture and sell their goods, this facility will help to generate greater entrepreneurial opportunities for these women and will assist the community in its broader economic growth. It will consist of numerous shops/booths, as well as work spaces where women can sew and produce textiles, jewelry, and other products. In addition, it will give the villagers a space to gather and host programs and activities.
Karambo River Industrial Masterplan
This master plan is a community development project that will include a micro-industrial park that will serve as a business incubator to stimulate the economy and empower small businesses to grow and interact. It will provide a flexible and creative space for local entrepreneurs to thrive. The design also contains a community center, which will serve as a gathering place for the villagers. It will allow locals to use the area for manufacturing products like gravel and roof tiles to sell and trade, helping the community elevate its socioeconomic status.