NCA alum develops business

When it comes to starting a business, the possibilities are truly endless. All it takes is the dedication and passion of an individual to make a difference, using the skills and talents one possesses.

Former NCA student Emily Desaulniers is one such individual. Having a passion and enjoyment for baking and cooking food for quite a while, Emily has been using her talents to develop a private website on which family and friends can order baked goods from her online.

Her business is accurately named Treat Yourself, where visiting patrons can do just that. When delicious treats are ordered, one can browse through a menu comprising delicious options for birthdays, special occasions, or just for fun.

Emily started this business after an inspiring missions trip to Guatemala. All of the profits from orders she bakes for customers go directly toward purchasing water filters that are then distributed to various communities in need.

These filters cost about $20 each and have the capacity to last 15-20 years, so a rural, poverty-stricken town or village can have clean, fresh water that many of us take for granted.

Her business has been in operation for just a month and a half, and Emily has already raised more than $200 for the cause – a progressive step that she is pleased about.

"I do feel like my business is successful. I am completing an average of two to three orders a week, which is actually a lot more than I expected."

Emily knows how it can be tricky to fit a business like this into her schedule, as she is also a full-time student at Southern New Hampshire University, and working part-time at Bonhoeffer’s Espresso and Cafe in Nashua.

It is an inspiration to see what one person can accomplish with a vision and hard work.

Greg Gdanian is a senior at Nashua Christian Academy.