Tubeho Bakery Update
The Tubeho “Let Us Live” Cooperative was started in 2011 by 35 men and women most of whom have AIDS. There are now 170 people in the community surviving on the small crops they grow. The goats and cows we gave them provide fertilizer for their crops and income to pay for health cards, send the children to primary school, and cover basic needs.
A few years ago, the community started thinking about building a bakery, with the only dependable source of baked goods 90 minutes away in Kigali. In April of 2014 they received a loan from a World Dancer to rent a small house to use as a shop, build an oven, and purchase materials and equipment. They hired an experienced baker for 5 months to teach them the trade.
THE BAKERY OPENED ON APRIL 28, 2015 – a huge victory for this community – the beginning of a livelihood for all! The photos below show the bakery in action, 5 weeks after opening. WD4H Board member Betsy Stivers is working with our Rwanda team and the Tubeho leadership to track the development of the business. As the loan is paid back to WD4H, those funds will be reinvested in the community. Soon another co-op we work with, Abishyzehamwe (“United People”) will visit Tubeho to learn everything they can from them so they can start their own bakery!
Justin: The bakery project is going very well and the co-op members are working very hard with a huge commitment and courage in order to meet their goals in this project. It is such an exciting change in everyone’s lives!