Come spend a few hours learning how to bake highly nutritious, locally sourced breads at The Women's Bakery - Remera! Faith and some of the women will walk you through how they source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell fortified breads at affordable prices in their communities - meeting local demand with local supply.
The Women’s Bakery is a unique social enterprise operating in Rwanda and Tanzania providing women access to business education, life skills training, and applied baking and nutrition skills. From this, social and economic empowerment are born. Through a four month education and vocational training program, women learn to source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell affordable breads in their communities. Groups of women invest in our training fee and the appropriate bakery start-up costs. Once their bakery is in business, all profits are the women's own. Previously unemployed, these women are now working daily at the bakery and introducing new, nutritious products to their community. The specialty products include some of the best banana-nut bread and carrot muffins in Rwanda. Karibu!
"“It has been a challenge, but it has opened our minds. We have seen how we can broaden our thinking, become less shy, and how we can grow. We are no longer shy, we are now confident.” -- Ancille, Baker "
Faith is, in short, a force of nature, with big dreams for the Kigali-based bakery group she belongs to. “I envision it looking like Simba or Nakumatt (the largest regional groceries). I want to see our bakery famous everywhere. Not only in Rwanda, but everywhere.”
This kind of hope and energy was not always the case for Faith. As a single mother of four, Faith had relied on her extended family for support for the last 10 years. “I felt useless. But when I joined the bakery, I learned so many lessons. My mind has opened.”
Now, Faith co-leads the Remera Women’s Bakery group, focusing her energies on accounting reports, finding new markets, and promoting nutrition both at home and in her community. “The most important lesson has been about nutrition. In most of Rwandan society, you won’t find people with a balanced diet. Not because they are poor, but because they don’t know, they aren’t educated on the topic. We explain to our clients, the other breads are big, but not nutritious. So people have started believing us, and they are changing their mind. “I have always needed to rely on my family to provide me with support, I felt useless. But when I joined the bakery, I learned so many lessons. My mind has opened, and I now I know I can do something.”
The women who work at the bakery come from a variety of backgrounds, but all are centered on creating their own future. As one member said, “It has been a challenge, but it has opened our minds. We have seen how we can broaden our thinking, become less shy, and how we can grow. We are no longer shy, we are now confident.”