Giving Dough: Giving Tuesday 2016

Baking bread requires patience, attention, and detail. Yet, it’s also wonderfully simple. As one of our team members, Natalie, has said,

Bread is simple. Simple is powerful. When you come to fully understand how much the act of making and selling bread can effect change, it's impossible not to become a champion of The Women's Bakery.

The beautiful thing about bread is that is also does not – and should not – need to be prepared alone. Baking bread ignites opportunity and community.

That’s where you come in.

Following the intense commercialization and consumerism of times likes “Black Friday” it is easy to become distracted from what really matters. Giving Tuesday offers an alternative to buying things and instead encourages investing in people all over the world.

For The Women’s Bakery, Giving Tuesday gives us a chance to share our story in East Africa, to inspire others, and grow our TWB family.

Bread is simple – and for us, that’s how we see our part in changing the world.

By supporting The Women’s Bakery, on Giving Tuesday, and throughout the month of December, TWB will be able to train more women in business and baking skills, generate more income for previously unemployed individuals, and provide added protein to more community diets. In places where nutrition, education, and jobs are scarce, TWB teaches women to build businesses that feed communities and support families. 

This year, we aim to raise $25,000 on Giving Tuesday to support our Bakery in a Box Model. Simply put, $25,000 enables us to partner with, train, support, and launch a bakery with a group of 15-20 women and men.

To help us reach this goal, you can visit our donation page, spread the word, and share our story with your friends and family. Please use our hashtags for this campaign and tag @womensbakery in your posts. Your help matters; it ensures that everyone has access to opportunity. At The Women’s Bakery, that’s the most important part of our work.

In the first three months of operations, the Remera bakery (launched in June of 2016) is selling an average of 596 small breads per week, resulting in an average of 2,980 additional grams of protein on the market each week. In a country like Rwanda where 40% of children are under-nourished, this is a big deal.

100% of these TWB bakery employees are making an income. 100% are baking bread in their home. 100% have national health insurance. 100% report being able to train others in skills they learned in the TWB training program. Considering that prior to our training program only 1 out of the 8 women reported income, it’s clear our program delivers high-level, sustainable impact.

Success is evident. Join us.

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