With a passion for both business and social change, Yvette says she always dreamed about obtaining a degree that would prepare her “for the reality of the workplace. She completed her Bachelor’s in Business Management with concentration in Logistics and Operations in 2017.
Yvette currently employs 20 people and serves over 150 households through her drinking water delivery business launched during her time as a student at Kepler/SNHU. Asked about her business model, she says, “It is a social enterprise called Iriba Clean Water Delivery Ltd which offers authentic innovative solutions to water scarcity. We do this through extracting it from natural sources (lakes, springs), treating it using a system called Ultra Violet water purifier; and then supplying the treated water to people’s households at an affordable cost using bicycles, piping systems and through our water collection centres or kiosks.” She aims to scale her business fourfold in 2017 to provide safe, affordable water to 600 households by the end of the year, and later to replicate the business model in other parts of Rwanda.
Yvette’s work in her community has already gained her international recognition and she traveled to the UK in 2017 as a recipient of the Queen’s Young Leader Award.