why it matters
80% of Rwanda is agrarian and much of this population lives in poverty. 1 in 4 women is unemployed and a whopping 40% of rural Rwandan children suffer from chronic malnutrition.
In places where nutrition, education and jobs are scarce, TWB trains women to start businesses that nourish communities, support families and spark local economies. TWB readies women, most undereducated and underemployed, for nonfarming jobs by equipping them with the skills to sustainably manage bakeries.
When women are empowered, families are more secure, communities are stronger, and local economies are enhanced. Our women report spending XX% of their income on the education, health and safety of their children. Over XXX community members purchase our bread a week. And over XXX pounds of flour, XXX liters of milk, and XXX eggs are sourced locally a week.
Women’s economic empowerment is essential for advancement in developing countries. Women with steady incomes are more likely to save their money and spend it on the health, education and safety of their families. According to the United Nations, for every $1 a woman earns in a developing country, 85 cents is invested into her family. So in order to stimulate and support real and lasting growth in developing countries, the social and economic empowerment of women is our priority.
In developing countries, women are often expected to take care of the home and children, and do nothing else. This limits their ability to effect positive changes on their greater communities.
The average woman in our training program has had only 6 years of formal education. Many women cannot read.
Most women in our training programs don't have health insurance for themselves or their families. Malnutrition is a major challenge in East Africa, and knowledge of farming or cooking is limited.
When women don't have money, their community suffers, because less capital is present overall. More money in a community means more opportunity.
It matters to Jeanne D'arc
She can't read, but she leads.
Meet Jeanne D’arc, who works at our Kigali bakery. Jeanne D'arc can’t read. She never had the opportunity to start primary school. During training, she couldn’t read our lessons or take notes. She just listened and followed the lead of her classmates.
Undeterred, she learned. She is now our best seller in Kigali. What’s more, she is a trainer at our new bakeries, where she teaches other women, many like her, vital skills.