Netzkraft Movement

Inshuti of Rwanda

PO Box 1541
Brattleboro, Vermont 05302
United States

Contact person: Rosa Marino


  • Aid for developing countries
  • Aid organization
  • Commune, community project
  • Volunteers are welcome.

About us

Inshuti means “friend” in the Kinyarwanda language, and you are invited to join us as a friend and supporter of our mission.

Inshuti of Rwanda is dedicated to sheltering families struggling with inadequate living conditions or homelessness. Working with 100% Rwandan staff, we build locally sourced, sustainable, and hygienic housing while creating local jobs with liveable wages. We are committed to growing a self-sustaining community where every member can rebuild their lives with dignity and resilience.

Inshuti of Rwanda is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization in the United States since 2015 and a registered NGO with the Rwanda Governance Board.

Our Mission
Building sustainable houses in Rwanda to enhance wellness, stability, and a resilient future. We are improving living conditions, creating local jobs, and growing a self-sustaining community of Inshuti.

Our Vision
We believe that housing is a human right. Everyone deserves refuge from the elements and the opportunity to raise their children in a safe and sanitary environment. How does one escape the endless cycle of poverty when they are homeless, earning just a few dollars a week? We envision a world where every family can enjoy safety, security, independence, and a sustainable livelihood once the fundamental need for shelter has been met.

What We Do
• Inshuti of Rwanda is dedicated to providing shelter to genocide survivors, single mothers, hard-working father families, and disabled individuals living in deplorable conditions due to a lack of resources. Our families typically have three or more school-age children. By focusing on younger families, our houses will have a longer-lasting impact by improving their lives early on.
• We are committed to creating local jobs by employing a 100% Rwandan team to conduct our programming. Through our house-building projects, we are providing over 150 stable jobs with livable wages for the Inshuti community. Our two-pronged approach to community development provides houses to those living in deplorable conditions and ensures employment for families to support themselves.
• We utilize local and sustainable materials to construct each Inshuti home. Local clay deposits are used to make adobe bricks, mud for mortar, and eucalyptus trees for wooden roof scaffolding. By staying committed to using only locally sourced materials, Inshuti is helping to boost the Rwandan economy while protecting the environment.
• We are building more than just houses; we are building a community of Inshuti (friends). While providing homes for families in need, we connect people from around the world through contributions, spreading awareness, and growing both a global and local Rwandan community.

Rosa Marino is the Executive Director and Founding Member of Inshuti of Rwanda.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.

Inshuti of Rwanda house recipients on move-in day!
Inshuti means “friend” in the Kinyarwanda language, and you are invited to join us as a friend and supporter of our mission.
We build sustainble houses in Rwanda for families struggling with inadequate living conditions and homeless.
Through our house-building projects, we provide over 150 jobs with livable wages to the local community.
We provide beds, mattresses, bedding, and cookware to our house recipients. Everything a family needs to begin their new life!
Inshuti also provides school uniforms and books to house recipient children to ensure they have access to an education.
The Inshuti community loves when volunteers come to help build houses.
School groups also volunteer and help build Inshuti homes.
Olive and her family in front of their old corrugated metal shack.
Olive and her children in front of their new Inshuti home.
With each year the Inshuti community strengthens, grows and becomes more independent!
We build our homes with local sourced and often sustainable materials.
We provide frequent raises to ensure Inshuti workers can also support their own families.
Leonidas and his wife in front of their old and new Inshuti house.
It costs just ,000 to build a new home for a family; including the house, pit latrine, home provisions, and labor costs.
We thank you for checking out Inshuti of Rwanda!