By focusing on women, The Women's Bakery has effected positive changes in our three priority areas. We track the qualitative and quantitative impact of the women we work with, their families, and their communities, in order to measure the changes that training and employment have.
women are earning money
After six months of employment at a bakery, each woman can double (or sometimes triple) her pre-training income. At our Kigali bakery, the women earn $72/month, up from an average of $22.23/month before training. With this increased income, a woman can invest in her family’s education, health, improved nutrition, and overall safety.
average monthly income (USD)
for a woman after working
at a bakery for 2 years.
community health is improving
We create breads that are both affordable and nutritious. Using regionally milled flours like peanut and wheat, as well as locally produced milk and eggs, most of our breads are high in protein, with as much as 7g in one serving.
Single servings are the most affordable option for our bakeries' customers. Over 5,000 pieces of bread are sold per week, supplying hundreds of people with affordable, nutritious breads.
of the women at our bakeries
have health insurance.
people are learning
The Women’s Bakery training program includes 153 hours of custom curriculum including courses in accounting, inventory management, marketing, nutrition, and hygiene, providing women with relevant bakery skills.
of training in Rwanda so far.
In just three years, we have trained 74 women and six men. Training is typically eight hours a day, three days a week for three months. Our pre- and post- tests show a 16% average comprehension increase, better ensuring the successful operations of the bakeries.
Our 93% average attendance rate shows the women’s dedication to their education, especially considering that many women have at least two children in their care and are often responsible for their homes and their fields.
and we're growing
Right now, we have six bakeries in East Africa: two in Tanzania and four in Rwanda. See where we work. →
And we're just getting started. Our goal is to build two additional bakeries in Rwanda in 2018. Support our campaign for the new Gicumbi bakery! →