Come spend an afternoon learning about ice cream and the women who run Sweet Dreams (Inzozi Nziza) in Butare, Rwanda's first ice cream shop. Sweet Dreams is a cooperative of local women that each own a share in the business, who are empowered through a sustainable income and the chance to make real decisions that affect the shop. The women of Sweet Dreams are also make up Rwanda’s first all female drumming group, which brings together women from both sides of the country’s genocide for reconciliation. Their drumming group has received international notoriety, including being featured at the Sundance Film Festival and global media outlets. Sweet Dreams is guilt-free ice-cream at its finest.
"Ice cream with a social mission!"
Sweet Dreams was developed in partnership with Blue Marble Dreams, the non-profit arm of New York City's Blue Marble Ice Cream. Their mission is to explore ice cream's potential as a catalyst for joy and prosperity. Since Sweet Dream's first opened it's doors in 2010, the shop has provided training and jobs to dozens of women, supported local farmers and producers and provided the community of Butare with a happy space for people to gather and indulge in one of life's sweetest pleasures!
Inzozi Nziza's doors opened in June 2010. Since then, this special shop has brought together dozens of Rwandan women from both sides of the 1994 genocide and equipped them with training, jobs and a sustainable income. It has also supported countless local farmers and producers, bolstered the local economy and provided the community with a welcoming place to gather, connect and heal.
Today, InzoziNziza is a fully self-sustaining enterprise, owned and operated by the cooperative