The Women’s Bakery is a rogue non-profit and social enterprise that educates women and builds bakeries in East Africa. Our mission is to empower women through education and business - and it's working.
The Women’s Bakery offers women access—access to business education, life skills, and applied baking and nutrition skills. From this, social and economic empowerment are born. That’s conscious capitalism.
Through education and vocational training, women learn to source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell affordable breads in their communities. Groups of women invest in our training fee and the appropriate bakery start-up costs. Once their bakery is in business, all profits are the women's own.
Today, we're working with women in Rwanda and Tanzania.
• Empower women with lasting and transferable business, baking, and life skills.
• Create community access to nutritious, affordable breads.
• Inspire and empower women globally through business.
• Create a movement that disrupts the common approaches to philanthropy, nonprofit structure and business’ function in society.
• Transform the way the world interacts with money by promoting conscious capitalism
HOW IT ALL BEGAN.
The villagers' curiosity grew into a desire to learn when Culver self-constructed an oven and baked bread from scratch to add to her midday meal. Bread did not exist in Bushoga. The collective imagination of the women had been sparked.
Where there is hope, there is opportunity. When the women of Bushoga asked Culver, “Will you teach us?”—to which the answer was “of course, yes”—these women were sparking another big idea: The Women’s Bakery.
It all began with one seemingly simple question and twelve women in a Rwandan village. "Will you teach us?"
Like most rural, economically depressed regions in East Africa, the villagers of Bushoga typically live off of one meal a day comprised of a combination of plantains, potatoes, rice, beans and maybe some tomatoes — simple crops derived from subsistence farming.
In 2012, Peace Corps Volunteer Markey Culver began growing a vegetable garden to supplement her daily meal with a midday salad. Her salads were a novelty in Bushoga, and instantly drew interest from female villagers.
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