我一直很欣赏年轻人解决旧问题的全新思路。那’s the story of 伊维特 Ishimwe, a 22-year-old entrepreneur who turned her country’将水资源挑战转化为有利于穷人的商业机会。
When 伊维特 was a teenager, her family moved to a region of Rwanda’s countryside where clean water was in short supply. Poor families would go to dirty swamps to gather water, putting their families at risk of disease. 伊维特 thought there must be a safer, more affordable way to provide her community with water.
At 19, while still a college student, 伊维特 started experimenting with treating nearby lake water with an ultraviolet water purifier. At first, she supplied the clean water to her family and then she then started selling it to her neighbors—价格仅为瓶装水的一小部分。随着消息的传播，对她的水的需求不断增长，她成立了自己的公司Iriba Water Group。
伊维特’s team of workers deliver cans of clean water by bicycle to hundreds of families in her community and her customers continue to grow. Last year, her work caught the attention of Queen Elizabeth II, who 名称d 伊维特 one of her young leader award winners for the impact her work has had on her community. 伊维特 traveled to London for a ceremony in Buckingham Palace, where the Queen gave her a medal for her achievements.
More than 2 billion people around the world lack access to clean drinking water. Now 伊维特 has set her sights on reaching more of them by marketing water purification systems beyond Rwanda so more people will have the tools they need to have access to safe, clean water.