TWB's CEO, Markey Culver, gave a Ted Talk on October 27th in St. Louis! Her talk showcased her journey to discovering how simple bread has the power to create jobs, enhance nutrition, and spark economies. Video coming soon! Read more about it here.
TWB Swag is now available for purchase online! Check it out here. Our shirts and totes are screen printed by Street2Life, a business that provides employment and job training to homeless youth in the Denver area. Your purchase helps support both TWB programming and Street2Life programming! That's bread power.
On a recent episode of E Ship City, a venture from the Kaufmann Foundation that seeks to know what drives the entrepreneurs for innovation and renewal, Markey appeared to share her thoughts on entrepreneurship. Watch the 7-minute video to see more!
TWB is thrilled to announce TWB's first ever Corporate Sponsorship with Rademaker, an international industrial baking equipment manufacturer, is based in the Netherlands. As part of their Corporate Responsibility initiatives, the company will be work with TWB to enhance Rwanda bakery operations, specifically with their expertise in the baking industry. Read more here!
TWB was recently featured in A Plus, a media company focused on positive journalism, founded by Ashton Kutcher, Kendall Dabaghi, & Evan Beard. TWB's Co-Founder, Julie, shares about our model, our program, and our impact.
TWB Founder, Markey Culver, is graduating this week from Washington University. The school featured her in a recent article on the top students of the class. Read more about her great accomplishment here.
In March, Peace Corps Rwanda hosted a 70+ km bike ride in support of women's empowerment - especially for women to be able to ride bicycles. The culmination of the ride resulted in a new bicycle for the Remera Women's Bakery. Read the full story on the Peace Corps main page! #breadpower
TWB advocate and founder of The Better Have, Angela Flotken, writes, "The Women’s Bakery is an incredible organization with a life-changing mission. As you know, my mom is from Africa which has always pulled my heart towards improving the lives of people in that part of the world. Although truly, we are all one people and the Women’s Bakery has plans to go global." She is hosting a fundraiser on behalf of TWB at Cycle Bar (Chesterfield) later this month. Check it out!
For the second year in a row, a CEL Practicum team is traveling to Rwanda to consult for The Women’s Bakery (TWB), founded by Olin second year MBA Markey Culver. This year, the CEL team is tasked with analyzing various model options for TWB as we grow and expand throughout Africa. Read more here!
Here's the schedule for RISE, an awareness event to promote the work of The Women's Bakery in College Station, Texas. Sponsored by TWB's Texas A&M Chapter Group.
Friday, April 7: Northgate Night! Come by TWB baked goods to support the cause.
Monday, April 10: "Girl Rising" Movie Night! Before the film, you'll have the opportunity to write notes to the women that work in TWB bakeries and buy bread and shirts. Join us for a night of education and empowerment.
Tuesday, April 11: Discussion Event! We will be hosting panelists who will give more insight into this movement. #breadpower
Interested in working with The Women's Bakery? Check out our website to learn more about our open position in Program Management.
Last week, TWB was joined by Yixiao Gong, from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Yixiao is a graduate student working with a team of students to help TWB develop our business model in Rwanda. Read her reflections on the MIT blog here!
The Women's Bakery has entered Phase II of our training with the Togetherness Cooperative (in conjunction with African Road and so the group of men and women are beginning to learn how to bake healthy, nutritious (and delicious) TWB breads. Read more here!
In preparation for the launch of Giving Tuesday and TWB's end of year campaign, The Battalion, the student newspaper for Texas A&M, featured our work in Rwanda to help us generate funds for our programs in the 2017 year. Check it out here!
U.S. Program Officer, Heather Newell, recently published a blog about the origins, development, and impact of The Women's Bakery for the U.S. Peace Corps. Follow this link to read more! #sharetheloaf
TWB Training Facilitator, Denyse Uwineza was recently featured in the New Times, a newspaper in Rwanda, for her work in entrepreneurship. We're honored and thrilled to have her on our team. #breadpower
We're in the final round for the Global Impact Award through the Skandalaris Center for Interdisciplinary Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Check out the finalist page here!
In preparation for our upcoming partnership with Africa Road, Leigh Harvey has been fundraising for our bakery project. Read more here on Africa Road's Blog!
This summer, Walker Holmes spent three weeks working with our team in Kigali as a research analyst. She shares her experiences on "My Job Stories," with a particular focus on how our model is working and growing in Rwanda. Read more here!
TWB sat down with One Seed Expeditions, a socially conscious travel company, last week to share about our work! Here's what they had to say.
"We're all about hustle at OneSeed. We know firsthand what it takes to transform an idea into a business and we could not have more respect for the incredible women at the heart of this social enterprise."
Empowering women is more than just a catchy phrase for The Women's Bakery. In this blog, hosted by The Her Initiative, US Programs Officer, Heather Newell, explains what she has learned about empowerment through the mission and work of TWB.
Launched in 2012 by Sidley Austin (an international business law firm), the Emerging Enterprises Pro Bono Program provides free legal support to eligible small and medium-sized for-profit enterprises and market focused NGSOs and non-profits that have a clear social impact in developing countries across Africa, Central & South America, and the Caribbean.
As a guest blogger for Mavuno, a non-profit that empowers local leaders in the Congo to drive development efforts, Markey shares insights on the deeper meaning of "social entrepreneurship" and how business can be harnessed for good.
'A-ha' moments can arise at any time, anywhere. For Markey Culver, it was when she found herself hungry while walking back and forth between her house and the school where she taught English in a small East African village. Markey tells the fascinating story that led her to create The Women's Bakery - a vocational school that teaches the women of Rwanda and Tanzania to bake bread for themselves and for profit. Have a listen to how this remarkable social enterprise got started.
The story behind Markey Culver, The Women's Bakery, and why business could - and should - be used for good. Written by Lauren Everitt for We See Genius.
Courtney Lee, class of 2017, shares her experiences in Rwanda and visiting The Women's Bakery in Kigali. A group of MBA students from Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis had the opportunity to attend the most recent TWB graduation. Courtney, along with the rest of the MBA group, are consulting with The Women's Bakery to continue to shape and grow our business model.
Last November, The Women's Bakery partnered with Global Entrepreneurship Week in efforts to celebrate entrepreneurship efforts in the country - and around the world! The 2015 Impact Report has been released and shares more about our event to promote education and empowerment in Rwandan communities. Click here to download the full report!