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Vision and Mission


Residents of "sustainable villages" lead healthy and self-determined lives, have access to education and professional training, earn a good living in their village environment on their own, and at the same time are connected to the outside world.


Development in rural areas is rarely holistic. It is typically concentrating on one element only, for example water, electricity, clean cooking, agriculture&food, health, education or income generation.

In a first step, Sustainable Villages Foundation (SVF) however is carrying out a pilot project in Rwanda where the natural synergies of all the development aspects mentioned above are brought together.

Many villages in Juru, south of Rwanda’s capital Kigali, have neither electricity grid nor water supply. People cook indoors on open fireplaces. Children temporarily drop out of school because they have to carry water and firewood from far away or get sick from contaminated water and a poor diet. Income levels are extremely low.

SVF has started implementing sustainable solutions for many of these challenges in the first two villages, to be extended to four more neighbouring villages, and will demonstrate the aggregate impact of the holistic approach.

In a second step, SVF will extend its activities to a larger number of villages in Rwanda based on the holistic village development model derived from the experience gained in the pilot. The aim is to extend the number of village agglomerations to 100 by 2030 with a total of 250,000 beneficiaries.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

The Foundation is guided by the following Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations, among others:

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