Rural Development Initiative (RDI) is a non-governmental organization(NGO) created to serve individuals and families in the poorest communities by creating sustainable income and livelihood opportunities for rural poor households that promote youth innovations and  drive positive change  .

RDI was created by students of University of Rwanda/College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine  ( Formerly ISAE) in 2011. RDI is registered and operates under law n° 04/2012 of 17/02/2012.

Our areas of focus are agriculture, youth and volunteerism :

  • We deliver tailor made agri­business and agriculture productivity training with a special focus on value addition. We link farmers to markets, enhancing agriculture diversification and providing effective extension services through training, we enhance the skills and technical know-how of farmers in Rwanda and improve food security in the community.
  • We address youth employment challenges by empowering young people to earn a sustainable living. The training we provide increases their employability, offers skills to develop business concepts and facilitates access to micro financing solutions through RDI’s national & global partnerships.
  • We create volunteer opportunities to address community needs and inspire youth for a lifetime of commitment to service