By:Â Allana Mortell
Ice cream is a welcome relief on a hot summer day but for one village in Rwanda, it’s a way to survive.
Four years ago Jennie Dundas, co-owner of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream shop met Rwandan drummer and playwright Odile Gakire Katese at a Sundance Institute workshop. After some discussion about the 1994 genocide that killed nearly 800,000 people in Rwanda, Dundas took it upon herself to help make Katese’s wishes come true. Katese (or Kiki, for short) thought opening an ice cream parlor in Butere would boost spirits and create some economic growth in the city located in the South Province of Rwanda.
Thus Inzozi Nziza (“Sweet Dreams”) was born.
Together with Eric Demby, co-founder of Brooklyn Flea, Dundas and business partner Alexis Miesen raised more than $80,000 to help Kiki start the pilot initiative that provides a safe haven where the people living in Butere can come and enjoy Blue Marble Ice Cream. Read More