In 2010, Women's Business Development Council CEO Fran Pastore traveled to Rwanda. There, she trained 20 Rwandan women to run their own ice cream parlor.
"Ice cream is really something a community can engage in," said Pastore.
In a country where families were torn apart by the 1994 genocide,
"They wanted to give people access to something sweet in their life, and something good in their life," said Pastore.
The ice-cream is provided by a brooklyn-based company, Blue Marble Icecream. In Rwanda, the business is called "Sweet Dreams" and celebrates its third year open today (June 5, 2010).
"These women now have a predictable source of income, they have bank accounts and they're taking care of themselves and their family. And the ice-cream parlor has become a place for people to gather," said Pastore.
Their story can be seen in a movie made by local filmmakers who captured their entrepreneurial journey.
The film "Sweet Dreams" will premiere in Connecticut Thursday June 6 in Bridgeport. Tickets are available at WBDC's website, ctwbdc.org.
Photos courtesy of www.sweetdreamsrwanda.com