Updated May 24, 2019


Sustainable Earthen Floors


Gayatri Datar

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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

We have installed over 70,000 square feet of floors for over 200 families.
The 80% of Rwandans (and billions globally) who live and sleep on a dirt floor.

Registered in Rwanda.

Focus Areas:

Environment, Health, Housing and Infrastructure and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Environment, Health, Housing and Infrastructure, Humanitarian Assistance, Infectious & Vector Diseases and Architecture, Design, ConstructionSEE LESS

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Innovation Description

EarthEnable, a Rwandan social enterprise, improves health and living conditions in low-income communities through affordable and sustainable earthen flooring methods that uses soya bean oil, thereby generating income for farmers.With DIV funding, Earth Enable is on track to grow to 870 masons by 2020 on its path to scale in Rwanda.
How does your innovation work?
Replacing a dirt floor with a clean floor has been shown to reduce diarrhea by 50% and parasites by 80%. Our floors are 70% cheaper than cement and have 90% less embedded energy. We train local masons to install the floors and manufacture a proprietary sealant oil.

Planned Goals and Milestones

1) Health (reduced sickness in children especially) 2) Employment (jobs created and skills acquired) 3) Environment (more sustainable building practices)
We will use this grant to scale up our operations geographically and also to lower income customer segments (by piloting financing schemes and lower cost products).
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted200


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