gopeacecorps#Onthisday, in 1961, President Kennedy established the Peace Corps. Today, we honor our Volunteers, returned and current, for their service. Markey Culver and Julie Greene, who made a difference in Rwanda as Peace Corps Volunteers, continue to remind us how important Peace Corps Volunteers are. When Markey and Julie realized that something as simple as bread was not a hot commodity in their sites in Rwanda, (amandazi, an oil-heavy, fried dough, was the only close substitute), they worked together to cook a healthy bread from scratch.
Friends, neighbors, and family soon became interested in how the two made the bread, and wanted to learn to make it for themselves. “Will you teach us?” they asked. So, the Volunteers did. But it didn’t end there. Word continued to spread about the delicious goods the women were making. The women soon realized that they had generated enough interest to sell the bread to communities throughout Rwanda, and The Rwanda Women’s Bakery was founded soon after. When Markey and Julie completed their Peace Corps service, they continued to work with the women and hosted a business training seminar last year to help start more bakeries.
Today, The Women’s Bakeries are established in Rwanda and Tanzania, and future Peace Corps Volunteers continue to support the project.
Read more about their project and how they continue to empower Rwandan women here: bit.ly/PCBakery
Help us continue celebrating our birthday and the work our Volunteers are doing!If you have a great story from service, tag @gopeacecorps in your photos. You can also share how you say "welcome" in your host country’s language on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and use the hashtag #hostcountryhello.
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