Inzozi Nziza (Rwanda)

Inzozi Nziza (“Sweet Dreams”) will be Rwanda’s first ever local ice cream shop, epitomising what Blue Marble Dreams is all about: the power of ice cream, and entrepreneurship, to bring happiness and prosperity to people around the world.

Can ice cream really do all that? To understand why, let’s go back to the beginning of our story, when Blue Marble’s founders, Jennie and Alexis, met a Rwandan, Odile Gakire Katese (better known as Kiki), at the Sundance Institute. Hearing about their work, Kiki approached Jennie and Alexis with an idea.

She explained that while conventional development initiatives are vital to Rwanda’s physical wellbeing, there remains a need for efforts that boost the spirit of its people. Just as much as they need nutritious food and clean water, Kiki asserted, Rwandans need fun, joy, pleasure and laughter, as these are the ingredients of a life truly lived. And what better way to meet this need than through the sweet, symbolic magic of ice cream?

Here, in her own words, is why Kiki believes in Blue Marble:

“Because we struggle most of the time, we also find ourselves aggressive against happiness, love, joy, life. When we have children, we teach them that happiness doesn’t exist, that there is no pure love and, as legacy, we give them our despair, our debts, our doubts, our tears, our failures. Rwandan women … want to reshape life in its simple and sweetest form. We want to share moments that are not embossed by despair and death… We want to create a space where poverty, disease, illiteracy… are not obstacles to happiness and barriers between human beings… We have to, for the sake of the health of our soul. The ice cream will have the power to reconcile people with life by providing privileged moments when life reminds them that it is also sweet.”

That was the dream… and now it’s just two months from reality. Inzozi Nziza will open in June, providing education and a sustainable business to the women of Ingoma Nshya, and a source of joy and happiness to the people of Butare.


14 thoughts on “Inzozi Nziza (Rwanda)

  1. […] Posted by Inzozi Nziza in Rwanda. Tags: construction work trackback Last week was hectic here at Inzozi Nziza. English lessons continue apace, we’ve met with the mayor and the National University, we’ve […]

  2. […] Meet the team: Marie-Louise Ingabire, Inzozi Nziza assistant manager May 6, 2010 Posted by Inzozi Nziza in Rwanda. Tags: people trackback At Blue Marble Dreams, we believe that ice cream can help you to forget your troubles, even if it’s only for a moment. We want to bring a little taste of happiness to people who may be more used to hardship, and that’s one reason why Rwanda is the perfect place for our first project, Inzozi Nziza. […]

  3. […] ice cream shop. BPeace believes that “creating jobs creates peace.” The ice cream shop, called Inzozi Nziza or “Sweet Dreams,” is a unique social enterprise with both financial and social goals. Although […]

  4. Joshua says:

    I heard about your new business on Aljazeera- Witness. I think it is an brilliant idea and want to hear how it has changed since you guys have started. Did the idea catch on in the village, and is the business running succesfully.

    I have to say that you are a true inspiration to a lot of people and i wish you the best of luck in this new adventure. Good luck guys

    Joshua Rodrigues

    • Danae says:

      Hi Joshua! Thank you so much for your positive words of encouragement and support! The idea has indeed caught on here in Butare, and the business is doing very well indeed. We have become a focal point of the community, and are very excited about our opportunities for working on social programming within the context of Butare to take the business to the next level.

      If you ever find yourself in Rwanda, please stop by for some ice cream!

      – The Inzozi Nziza Team

  5. Barrett says:

    I love that you brought a little piece of America to Rwanda, and for the betterment of the people in this amazing country. I am responsible for visitation groups that come to do service-learning trips in Rwanda, and I would love to bring them by when we do day trips to Butare. Is there a phone number I can call to reserve food ahead of time? I look forward to visiting!

    • Danae says:

      Hi Barrett! We would absolutely love to host some of your visitors at Inzozi Nziza! The best person to call is Marie Louise, who serves as our Manager. I will email you her contact information now at your asyv email address. We look forward to seeing you in Butare!

      • Benjamin says:

        I’d also like to bring a group of visitors for lunch. How can I contact Marie Louise? Thanks!

  6. […] to find the specific red gate I was directed to go to in a sea of red gates, I ended up at Inzozi Nziza. Inzozi Nziza is an ice cream shop, sponsored by Blue Marble and run completely by Rwanda’s only […]

  7. JoAnne says:

    This is wonderful, you ladies are amazing! I wish you all success, happiness, joy and love! Hopefully one day I can have the pleasure of having an ice cream in your shop!



  8. […] 8am – 9pm, Sunday to Monday Phone: 0788 738 350 / 0725 770 401 Website: Facebook […]

  9. Sam Scott says:

    I am a graduate student from the US working on a nutrition research project at NUR until 30th of Jan. Stopped by for ice cream 2 days ago. Would love to chat and learn more about your experience at Inzozi Nziza.

  10. […] at Quad Cinema. Sweet Dreams illustrates the remarkable story of Rwandan women who teamed with Blue Marble Ice Cream’s founders in pursuit of gaining financial independence. The triumph and entrepreneurial spirit of […]

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