304. EarthEnable, Nyamata, Rwanda

EarthEnable is a social enterprise with the mission of improving health and housing in low-income communities by eliminating unsanitary dirt floors. Billions of people globally live on dirt floors, which are a major cause of infectious disease, respiratory illness, malnutrition, and vector-born diseases.

EarthEnable builds locally sourced, earthen floors that are 80% cheaper than concrete, and are more sustainable. EarthEnable currently focuses on providing these floors to the 75% of Rwandans and Ugandans that live on dirt floors. EarthEnable emerged from a class at Stanford University three years ago, and is based in Nyamata, Rwanda. The EarthEnable team is about 200 people strong, almost entirely Rwandans and Ugandans.

Website: www.earthenable.org

Summer Project:

As we approach the internship start date, two or more projects for which there is greatest need will be proposed to the intern, who can choose which is most appealing.

  1. Working with the sales/ marketing innovations team to pilot and evaluate projects such as loan provision, new training methods, and new styles of marketing.
  2. Working on training programs for local staff in areas of need - writing lesson plans, creating assessments, observing trainings, and offering feedback
  3. Data analysis and monitoring to improve collection of data on our clients and our impact (looking at reports, analyzing inputs, and working with employees to improve on data analysis)

More options may arise depending on our needs at the time of the internship

Responsibilities: Duties refer to the projects numbered above:

Project 1

  • Project planning
  • Project evaluation
  • Field visits
  • Data analysis

Project 2

  • Curriculum design
  • Staff training
  • Training of trainers

Project 3

  • Field-based data collection
  • Data analysis
  • Strategic planning


  1. Advanced MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  2. Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
  3. Passion for EarthEnable’s mission and impact
  4. Grittiness – must be ready to jump on the back of a motorbike and travel over dirt roads to field sites
  5. Sensitivity to cultural differences; strong willingness to listen and learn
  6. While not required, the ability to do data analysis in Stata would be strongly preferred.


On a scale from 0 (very independent) to 10 (very supervised), this internship will be about a 6.

Work Environment:

We have an open, friendly working culture. We value empathy, teamwork, humility, resourcefulness, hard work, and above all, passion for our impact and our customers. We support each other to uphold these values. Our office is comfortable, but the intern should be prepared for an under-resourced environment (e.g., the power occasionally goes out). This is part of the authentic developing country work experience, and will prepare an intern well for a typical social enterprise or NGO with a startup culture. There will likely be other interns with us over the summer.

Additional Requirements: A visa would be required for most interns, and EarthEnable will assist with this process.

Brief description from the Summer 2017 Fellow:

“This summer, I am interning at a NGO and social entreprise called Earth Enable which aims to eradicate dirt floors in the world and replace them with earthen affordable ones. I have been looking into developing partnerships with small savings groups and other sales strategies.” – Camille Falezan


See also: See All, DGHI, Africa