Through Blue Marble Dreams' first venture, we partnered with Ingoma Nshya - a cooperative of women drummers in Butare, Rwanda. Together, we built Inzozi Nziza (Sweet Dreams), their town's first-ever ice cream shop.
Inzozi Nziza's doors opened in June 2010. Since then, this special shop has brought together dozens of Rwandan women from both sides of the 1994 genocide and equipped them with training, jobs and a sustainable income. It has also supported countless local farmers and producers, bolstered the local economy and provided the community with a welcoming place to gather, connect and heal.
Today, Inzozi Nziza is a fully self-sustaining enterprise, owned and operated by the cooperative.
A critically acclaimed documentary film, entitled Sweet Dreams, chronicles the making and meaning of Inzozi Nziza and introduces the world to the remarkable women behind this unique venture. Visit our MEDIA page to learn more.
We are forever indebted to our Brooklyn community members and the many generous organizations/individuals who helped make Inzozi Nziza possible, especially Billy Crudup, Josh Mailman, Betsy Cabot and the Segal Family Foundation.