I believe my enterprise is the next big water company supplying clean and secured water for addressing health and sanitation related issues.

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I confirm that I am fully aware of the eligibility criteria, and based on its description, I am eligible to apply to the CSV Prize 2017.

  • Yes, I'm eligible

Preferred language

  • English

Organization name


Year founded


Initiative stage

  • Scaling (the solution has passed the previous stages and is growing its impact on a regional or global scale)

Annual budget in 2017 (USD)

  • $1k - $10k

Number of beneficiaries impacted so far

  • 500 - 1,000

Organization type

  • Social enterprise

Secondary Focus Area

  • Rural development
  • Nutrition

Headquarters location: Country

  • Rwanda

Headquarters location: City


Location(s) of impact

Rwanda: Kayonza


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Facebook URL

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Problem: What problem is this initiative trying to address?

PROBLEM: Firstly, the water that people are using is not clean; Secondly, people travel long distances to fetch water; Thirdly, people wait for long time for water fetching since it is in a short supply; Finally, people carry water in dirty containers. In fact to address this problem, there is need for people to be sound and safe in life after using clean water but also saving energy and time since water is brought at a centralized zone and eventually, sensitization campaigns for maintaining sanitation practices.

Solution Summary: What is the proposed solution? What do you see as its most promising aspects for creating shared value?

With intention to address the root causes of the problem identified, an emphasis is mainly put on the following three enterprise models: 1. Water extraction from lake Muhazi. 2. Treating water by using a system called "ultra violet water purifier". 3. Distributing treated water in people's homes and restaurants through bikes.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Specify both the social and the environmental impact of your work

* 67.3% of households in Eastern province do not have easy access to clean water services. This a reason why the enterprise strives for achieving a remarkable positive shift by readily reducing this percentage by 45% by the year 2020 in line with contribution to Rwandan vision 2020 goals. * 71% of the people in eastern province who have water systems built in their homes enjoy water services at a percentage of 48.7%. Then it is the enterprise's duty to uplift the preference of water by 80% by the year 2020 * The majority of the districts (7/8) in Eastern province are so remotely that they experience the water scarcity and these districts include: Bugesera, Gatsibo, Kayonza, Kirehe, Ngoma, Nyagatare, and Rwamagana.Thence this is the the enterprise's vision to reach all these districts and eventually upgrading to the whole country regions where the same problem applies, since nowadays; access to water service/ level of service in Rwanda equals 48.7%. Source:

Financial sustainability plan: How is this initiative financially supported? How will you ensure its financial sustainability long-term?

Hint: The product is clean water and our service is the distribution of water on bikes. Budgeting is focused on materials listed-below; plus their total cost: 1) 8 water tanks=$4761.9048 2) 4 water purification systems=$1666.6667 3) 4 installations of the systems=$714.2857 4) Miscellaneous=$595.2381. To sum up, the overall amount for annual budget =$(4761.9048+1666.6667+714.2857+595.2381) will be$7738.0953. The percentage of annual budget from each source: 1. Individual donations or gifts=0.2% 2. Grants=5.7% 3. Corporate contributions=7% 4. Earned income=71.3% 5. Other=15.8%

Unique value proposition: What makes your initiative innovative? How does your project differ from other organizations working in the same field?

* For one liter of Water: Total monthly sales=300.000 liters; unit production cost=$0.00119; unit selling price=$0.0030 unit net profit=$0.00181.Total monthly net profit will be $543. * For one jerrycan delivery (20 liters) on bikes:Total monthly sales= 6000deliveries; unit production cost=$0.0476 unit selling price=$0.05952so unit net profit=$0.0119. Therefore, total monthly net profit will be $71.4286. To sum up, the total monthly net profit= $(543+71.4286) will be $614.4286

Founding story: Share a story about the "Aha!" moment that sparked the beginning of this initiative.

Well one time ago, I took journey to visit my sister's family living in Kayonza district, Rwanda's Eastern province. We shared some home-made banana wine locally called "URWAGWA". We were enjoying this alcoholic drink. Unfortunately, after a moment I became attacked by diarrhea plus instant vomiting! "perhaps the water we fetch from the source of lack Muhazi is the cause." guessed my brother- in- law.

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Photo of Dorine Poelhekke

Hi Aimable,

Great story. I think everyone knows how important clean water is. In the cost breakdown, I did not see anything for operating it or service. Do you have an idea about that? I think projects like that can start off great but it's important to have a continuation. Even simple spare parts can harm a project's success. Have you checked what people might be willing to pay for clean water? With our company, SimGas, we found some surprises when we started to survey the potential customers for various projects in Tanzania and Kenya.

Let's talk when you're ready to expand eastward!

Photo of Aimable Nyandwi

Thanks a lot for your pieces of advice and kind considerations. In fact within my country there is a governmental organization called "WASAC" which in full words stands for "Water and Sanitation Corporation". The later works throughout the country for water and sanitation issues but there are some regions especially in districts where it is still having many barriers to achieve its goals like those districts I mentioned above. Since my enterprise is committed to fulfilling the same purpose, with WASAC as a governmental organization we are not working as competitors instead we are emphasizing cooperation over competition whereby WASAC is providing some assistance and monitoring to New Era Water Solutions for Rwanda. Therefore it is noticeable my enterprise is playing its role as a virtual subsidiary of WASAC RWANDA by the reason that it is our advisor on a continuous basis.

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