ABOUT TOOLS for HOPE, Inc.
Tools For Hope is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit Tennessee corporation founded by Joram Kimenyi and Richard Trevillian, aimed at facilitating growth and development for subsistence farmers in East and Central Africa. Tools may be manual farming tools such as farming hoes, hammers, screwdrivers etc. Tools could also be services like education and exposure to Micro-Finance opportunities.
Tools for Hope, Inc.
A Board of Directors governs our corporation. The Board members are Father Laird Bryson, Clare Roop, Bill Edwards, David LaRose, Father Doug Floyd, and Richard Trevillian. The Board along with Diane Uwamahirwe, our Rwandan employee, make up the TFH management team.
David LaRose is Corporate Secretary, Father Doug Floyd is Corporate Treasurer, Richard Trevillian is President
Diane Uwamahirwe Tools for Hope, Inc. Rwandan mentor to the Twisungane and Dufatanye Cooperatives
2019 Msc of Sciences in environment and international development studies (progress), University of Lay Adventist of Kigali,
2015-2018, Bachelor of sciences with honours in Agribusiness, University of Kibungo
2008-2013 High school Advanced General Certificate Level (A2) in Veterinary Ecole Feminine d’Agronomie
From January 2020 - Team Lead/Field Officer at Africa Improved Food
January 2019-2020 Professional Internship at cultivating new Frontier in Agriculture (CNFA) in Rwanda, USAID Project at Ngoma District
From January, 2016 up to December 2018 /Peace building facilitator NEVER AGAIN
The president (Samuel UWAMBAJIMANA,) oversees all the activities of the group and meets with Frank Mutesa from Tools For Hope (TFH), helps in partnering with other organizations whether governmental or non-governmental for the wellbeing of the group. He is charged with calling the group meetings which he chairs.
The Vice president (Venust KAMANAYO) is the advisor to the president and performs the role of president when Samuel is not present. The Twisungane group management meeting is twice each agricultural season and more when it is necessary.
The secretary (Claudine NYIRANDIMUBANZI) oversees recording all the important issues in the group’s record book and oversees informing the group members of all necessary information that comes from the group meetings and sees to it that all the effective agendas and schedules are known to the group members.
The accountant/cashier (Celestin GASENDWA) oversees the cash flow and looks for customers for the group’s harvests. She is also in charge of counting the profits and clarifying how the group members will share equally. Celestin is also in charge of collecting member contributions when they have decided a certain activity needs money.
Dufatanye Cooperative (Lets Work together)
Their needs and challenges
1. Raising pigs and goats are needed to enhance their lives because it produces more and quickly and it will be the source of income and inorganic manure.
2. They need to access clean water near their home. Water is key for healthy but they still walk long distances to fetch water. Sometimes they drunk Marshlands water and when their children drink contaminated water, they risk severe illness.
3. They don’t have a common land (a collective land) that they can practice together a modern farming. They need to borrow/hire the land for their agricultural activities as a group.
4. They need agriculture input in every agriculture season and irrigation equipment. Because it is not easy to them to afford it.
copyright Tools for Hope, Inc. 2021
"Tools for Hope, Inc." is a 501(c) 3 non-profit Tennessee corporation.
1540 Robinson Road, Knoxville TN 37923