Woman Crush Wednesday (WCW): Christelle Kwizera

by Duke Magazine

Christelle Kwizera is a Rwandan mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur. In 2014, Christelle founded Water Access Rwanda, an award-winning innovative social enterprise offering tailor-made solutions in the field of collection, distribution, and purification of water.

The enterprise has provided water to over 100,000 Rwandans through a network of 95 boreholes and INUMA™️ purified clean water microgrids. Water Access Rwanda was the only Rwandan enterprise to ever be awarded the prestigious Africa Entrepreneurship Award.

Her work in water and geophysics has also seen her train and support the development of social water businesses across the African continent with Water4. Christelle was also recognized as the Woman Entrepreneur of the Year this March in Paris by INCO with support from the Chanel Foundation.

With her strong academic background and deep commitment to environmental, youth, and gender issues, Christelle has managed to get the attention of development leaders and enablers who have awarded her fellowships and awards for her various initiatives and volunteering efforts. In her home district, she was elected to be the economic commission head in the Joint Action Development Forum.

The 27-year-old social entrepreneur is a regular speaker and activist on the national and international stage and is involved at a high level in keeping leaders accountable to their people, especially in promoting youth initiatives.
Christelle won the 2020 Global Citizen Prize: Cisco Youth Leadership Award and was named on the list of 2021 100 Most Influential Young Africans by Avance Media.

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