Matyazo, Rwanda


Currently, EWB-TAMU is serving the community of Matyazo, Rwanda. Through the implementation of latrines and effective sanitations habits, we hope to positively impact this growing and wonderful community!

The Community

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  • Rural, highland community of Ngororero District (Western province of Rwanda)

  • 6143 people

  • 1205 households

  • Majority farmers

  • 52% female & 48% male

  • Poor fertile soil

  • potatoes, beans, bananas, maize

The Problem

People are suffering from sanitation related diseases. The purpose of this project is not only for facilitating community access to affordable sanitation but also to increase agricultural income for food security.


Main water sources:

  • open source

  • springs

  • piped gravity system

  • rainwater collection

Water treatment:

  • filtration (LifeStraw)

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Types of toilets in community:

  • Open defecation

  • Pit latrines

People with latrine access:

  • Overused 

  • Sanitation is poor

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  • Most handwashing done in bowl or cup

  • Most households do have some form of handwashing

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Infrastructure and Geological Challenges

  • Electricity comes from municipal grid

    • power outages once a week​

  • Transportation: footpaths

  • Steep hillsides

  • Natural disasters

    • landslides ​

    • Excessive rain 

      • causes crops not to grow​

  • No river or creek close to community

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Highest Priority Need

  • Poor sanitation and resulting health challenges

  • Want toilets and handwashing posts

  • 64% unimproved sanitation and 18% open defecation (Cranfield University study)

  • Cost is major hindrance

Community Support

  • Community will provide non-industrial locally available materials

  • People have mobilized and will cover 5% of cost of project through monthly contributions

  • Estimated cost: $73,600

  • All households willing to participate (Goal: 500 households)

  • Primary goals of community

    • Improved public health​

    • Increasing agricultural income

  • Estimated 3,234 people will benefit from 500 latrines



No health center in or near community

Post 2013

Local government & IDA Rwanda start hygiene promotion campaigns; costs prevent 18% of people from obtaining improved sanitation facilities; farmers using fecal sludge as fertilizer


Health center introduced; 68% of patients suffering from sanitation & hygiene related diseases


Sanitation for All Program failure

Rwanda Project Team Leads

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Microsoft Teams

Rwanda project meetings are every Monday at 7PM. Please attend the next project meeting and join the GroupMe if you are interested in joining this project team! If you are already involved in the Rwanda project, please keep up with the GroupMe and find any updates there :)

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