My upbringing is very similar to the Hope Shines students so I very easily relate to what they go through on a daily basis and no one is able to do everything on their own. We all need each other.


Hope Shines Facility Manager

My connection with my child has made me more aware of the challenges she faces, as well as her resilience and determination to meet those challenges. I’m confident my financial and personal support are well placed. Investing in her potential and her future wellbeing is a decision I’m grateful to have made.



Meet Yvette

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Yvette is a lovely girl born in 2008. She lives with her mother, her two brothers (one of them is a student at Hope Shines as well, Zidan) and sister in Nyamirambo, Kigali, in a one bedroom house with electricity.
Yvette’s mother used to sell vegetables, but her merchandise was stolen twice, which set her too far back to recover financially. She ran out of money and had to do part-time jobs such as washing clothes and fetching water for the neighbors. Now, she is working at Hope Shines in the Kiza Recycled Soap project, producing new soap that is distributed to the community. This has become a vital source of income for her and the family.

The elder brother of Yvette often helps her mother to get more money to support the family, which is helpful. Yvette is also helping by cleaning the house and fetching water with her brothers. Unfortunately, the family only eats once a day simply because they can’t afford more.

When Hope Shines started helping the family, Yvette’s mother was really happy. With the new support she is now able to get the basic needs for her children such as food and clothing, which was impossible before.

Yvette is in primary school at the Cyivugiza school in Kigali. She likes to study, especially Mathematics, which is her favorite subject. Later in life, she wants to become an accountant and support her family more. Her favorite sport is football (soccer) and her dish of choice is sweet potatoes.