TWB inspires hope wherever they go. I am excited to be a part of that energy and positive momentum in Denver. Our program will provide opportunities for women to thrive in the United States, learning tangible, marketable skills, while building and strengthening essential social networks.
In our pilot program with the Denver-based refugee resettlement agency, African Community Center, TWB trained the small women’s group for 2 hours each week. Recipe reading, budgeting, practical baking skills, nutrition education, and tips for grocery shopping in the US are some topics we included in this new program.
TWB bakeries can (and will) be relevant around the world. Our model – investing in education, women, and business incubation – works because skill development (with a viable product) can act as a catalyst for income generation, empowerment, and education anywhere.
"Working with this team, I have learned that even incremental, positive change is a step in the right direction. Working with women to develop a social-enterprise that provides sustainable employment opportunities for women has the tremendous potential for impact in developing countries, especially in East Africa."
Following three intensive days of collaboration, innovation, and pitches by nearly 15 professionals across professional sectors in Denver for the Posner Center Hackathon, TWB was selected as the winner and recipient for funds to implement the prototype application.
The boundaries of maps may indicate political designations, but as the work of TWB engages us further with different aspects of culture, I realize more and more that boundaries are quite fluid – particularly in the realm of international development and women.
Our Denver team had the opportunity to deliver a lesson on thinking & learning styles with African Community Center - realizing that the power of bread is everywhere!
After visiting TWB headquarters in Kigali and celebrating a launch in Denver, Founder Markey Culver reflects on the growth and possibility for The Women's Bakery.