True Vineyard Ministries envisions entire communities freed from poverty.


We pursue this by reaching out to the most vulnerable people in Rwanda and creating environments where they are empowered to live out their full potential at work, home and in their spiritual lives.

As you learn more about us, you will read an incredible story about how God used one woman to step out in faith to help a group of impoverished widows in Rwanda. What has resulted is phenomenal. Lives are changed forever, our team continues to grow and we have developed amazing partners who continually spur us on toward our vision.

Read more about us and we think you'll catch on to the transforming work that's happening in Rwanda. We hope you'll join us too!


Our Mission


True Vineyard Ministries, Inc. is a Christian organization providing holistic support to Africa's poorest through job creation, community building, and spiritual counsel. 


True Vineyard Ministries envisions Africa's most vulnerable people transformed into healthy, prosperous, and collaborative communities of social change through Jesus Christ. 


We believe Jesus Christ is the "True Vine" who is the ultimate source for hope and healing in a broken world. Because Jesus loved the poor, so we as Christians seek to serve the most vulnerable in Africa and hope to see them transformed through their faith so they will "bear fruit."

Our Core Values


True Vineyard Ministries believes that identifying and fostering creativity is crucial for continued economic growth and social change in Africa. 


True Vineyard Ministries believes that successful social enterprises require collaboration. This includes engaging a variety of people in public and private sectors, entrepreneurs and laborers, and people of all ages and genders.


True Vineyard Ministries believes empowerment, chiefly through vulnerable women, is a central principle for reducing poverty and improving the health and well being of children and communities. 


True Vineyard Ministries believes that equipping, educating, and employing are key facets that help impoverished individuals find sustainable solutions to poverty. 


Our Story

The Need

There is no question in today's world that too many people live in absolute poverty, lacking basic life essentials like food, shelter, clean water, health care, and education. Almost half the world lives on less than $2.50 USD per day. Sub-Saharan Africa is home to one third of the world's extremely poor rural people, and the numbers are growing. There are multiple causes to the devastating effects of poverty - such as lack of access to clean water, war and unstable government, poor health care system, and lack of education to name a few.

The Call to Action

One day in 2002, an American woman named Diana Wiley heard a presentation in her church from an African hospital worker who shared a glimpse of the poverty situation in certain parts of Africa. Diana made the decision that very day to go and make a difference. She thought that even though she lived far away, she could figure out a way to use her gifts and skills to help some of those suffering in Africa overcome the trap of poverty. 

Diana began working together with US teams and hospitals to better equip hospitals to care for patients in Mozambique in 2002. Five years later, Diana started learning more about the tragic history of Rwanda and especially about the horrific violence that occurred to Rwandan women during The 1994 Genocide accompanying the total loss of infrastructure that prevented many Rwandans from being able to work. She felt it was time to move the work of True Vineyard Ministries to Rwanda. 

The Solution

Something quickly became clear about the poverty situation in Rwanda. In most African cultures, women have immense influence in family and community life. If a woman is educated and empowered to lift herself out of poverty, she will mostly likely commit her time, money, and skills to educating her children and her community members. Women are an important piece of the development puzzle. It is for this reason that our current focus reaches out to the most vulnerable women in Rwandan communities, widows.

True Vineyard Ministries was officially formed in 2007 and works hand-in-hand with local churches and organizations, local resources, and local leadership to create sustainable enterprise for the worlds poorest. Local churches nominate the poorest widows in their community who can enter into True Vineyard Ministries' model of holistic care. 

Read more about Our Approach.


About Rwanda


Post-colonial Rwanda was shaped by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Standing as one of the swiftest episodes of mass murder the world has seen, nearly one million Rwandans were killed in a 100-day period. The aftermath of the genocide resulted in not only the massive loss of life, but also the complete decimation of national infrastructure. In 1994, no schools, hospitals, factories, or government departments were functioning. Rwanda's new government was faced with the tremendous task of stabilizing the country and rebuilding it. 

In spite of this massive restructuring task, Rwanda has made vibrant development economically and socially, although the need for recovery at all levels of society and in the hearts of the Rwandan people is vast. 

Today, seventeen years after the genocide, the socioeconomic impact of the horrific 100 days still lingers. Hutu militia raped Tutsi women in a deliberate plan to use HIV/AIDS as a weapon that would go on killing long after they had murdered their other victims. An estimated 11% of all females living in Rwanda at the time of the genocide were victims of the concerted rape campaign. As a direct result of the death and violence in 1994 there are more than 600,000 widows living in Rwanda. 

Rwanda is a small country, roughly the size of Maryland with about 10 million inhabitants. There are 4.2 million children in Rwanda, 700,000 are orphans and 27,000 of those are living with HIV/AIDS. Currently, women head 34% of all Rwandanhouseholds, and more than 67% of the women who were raped in 1994 during the genocide are now infected with HIV/AIDS. 

Now is a critical time to move forward economically and socially in Rwanda to care for those still suffering from the devastating effects of the genocide and to ensure this violence never happens again. 

For more information regarding the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi, here are some good resources:


As We Forgive
A film by Laura-Waters Hinson on reconciliation in Rwanda

Ghosts of Rwanda
PBS Frontline (documentary)

Sometimes in April
HBO Films

Beyond the Gates
A Michael Caton-Jones Film/BBC Films

Our Team

Diana Wiley
Executive Director/Founder


Triphonie Abahire
Assistant to the Country Director

Odette Nyirabasirimu


Amy Brinkerhoff
Director of Retail and Marketing

Olive Muhanimana
Head Counselor


Faustin Iyamuremye
Farm Manager

Simon Dufitumukiza
Rwanda Country Director

Mary Claire Umurerwa

Board of Directors

Zach Potts : President

Missy Jenson : Vice President

Molly Moloney : Secretary

Joanne Green : Advisory Board


Our Partners

Indego Africa

An innovative nonprofit social enterprise and lifestyle brand that supports women in Rwanda and Ghana through economic empowerment and education. 

Kate Spade & Company

True Vineyard is thrilled to be a yarn supplier to on purpose: Kate Spade & Company's trade initiative in Rwanda which is supplying ethically made products to all Kate Spade & Company stores. Using True Vineyard's signature handmade Merino yarn, Jack Spade's collections of high-end Merino wool products are selling now, with more to come. Additionally, True Vineyard partners with Kate Spade & Company  to develop and maintain their counseling department in Masoro, Rwanda.

Exquisitely Angora Farms

We pride ourselves in raising top quality German Angora rabbits. We lovingly take care of our animals in return for the wonderful fiber they provide us. Exquisitely Angora has supplied the German Angora rabbits for our angora production and continues to be a great resource for our team.

The Woolery

Here at The Woolery we're more than a fiber arts supply company.  Together with our terrific team we've been serving fiber folks since 1981. The Woolery generously donates all fiber related equipment for our Handspun Hope products.

Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee

A coffee company committed to excellence in coffee and dignity and hope to a nation that history suggested would never recover. The Do Good Initiative (DGI) operates in partnership with Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee Co. to support farming communities. True Vineyard Ministries happily collaborates with DGI to bring jobs, training in animal husbandry and counseling services to farmers who suffered great personal loss during 1994.


KidKnits is a social enterprise, who purchases yarn from True Vineyard Ministries to create craft kits for kids and to build an educational curriculum for inspiring children to change the world. 


Partner with us.