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Rwanda Women Whip Up the Country's First Ice Cream Shop

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Many people are flocking to a little shop in Rwanda for something sweet, cold and yummy. Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams) is the country's first ice cream store. With "ice-cream, coffee, dreams" across its signage, the shop is bringing together locals and changing the lives of the nine women which it employs. "I didn't have a job before: I just stayed at home. Now I have a vision for the future. I am making money and I can give some of it to my family," says 27-year-old store manager Louise Ingabire.

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  • BForlaw

    An inspiring story! I am so excited to be returning to Rwanda for six weeks, where I will be volunteering with the Children's Peace Library in Kigali. This is a country of wonderful people who are walking the talk of peace, defying obstacles the rest of us cannot not even imagine.

  • Qinnie Wang

    There are many things that everyone wants but not everyone gets, like ice-cream, travel, education, even clean water. It's wonderful to see this little shop giving people access to something I personally love, and created jobs for local women. I'm a big believer in people's power to break poverty, as long as we give them a little help eg microloans

  • Sasha Martin

    So wonderful! It was interesting to read how new it is to the people - how they are still acquiring the taste.