A common question I am asked about the work I do with The Women’s Bakery is, “Why do you work with women only and not men?”
My answer always starts with my favorite quote,
“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” —Brigham Young
This well-known saying was used to convince parents who were more willing to allow their male children to attend schools than their daughters. The message here is that since we know the value of education for men in society, we should allow women to have equal access to it.
George Washington (1732-1799), the first President of the United States, said this about his mother:
"All I am I owe to my mother...I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her."
When interviewed, Faith Uwantege, a TWB trainee and baker, said, “When I learn a new skill in bread making, I go back home, bake for my children and teach them how to bake.” She is empowered, her children are getting nutritious breads, and she will also transfer skills to them.
“A child well-nourished performs well in class and will become a great person in society, therefore I want to feed nutritious breads to my children and teach them how to make them,” Faith added.
Our recently opened bakeries in Remera and Kanombe are not only generating income through selling breads, but are also feeding families nutritious food and sharing new skills with children.