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Markey Culver and Natalie Hornsby of The Women’s Bakery

February 06, 2017

A Bit About Woman’s Bakery

The Women’s Bakery offers women access—access to business education, life skills, and applied baking and nutrition skills. From this, social and economic empowerment are born.  That’s conscious capitalism.

Through education and vocational training, women learn to source local, nutritious ingredients to produce and sell affordable breads in their communities. Groups of women invest in our training fee and the appropriate bakery start-up costs. Once their bakery is in business, all profits are the women’s own.

Today, we’re working with women in Rwanda and Tanzania.

A Bit About Markey linkedin-logo-3 twitterbird

Markey Culver founded The Women’s Bakery after serving in the Peace Corps in Rwanda from 2010-2012, specializing in rural secondary education and public healthcare. Culver witnessed many plights in her rural Rwandan village, the most poignant of which were social inequality, malnutrition and stunted opportunity. Culver views business as a medium: a solution-providing agency that consciously works for people, not exploitatively against them. Building bakeries has become her means to creating access to opportunity, namely financial independence and social empowerment, for women globally.

A Bit About Natalie linkedin-logo-3

Hornsby brings a wealth of hands-on, practical global management and marketing experience to TWB. She launched her career in the private sector with the global toy phenomenon, Zhu Zhu Pets. Hornsby spearheads development and strategy for TWB, allowing for greater capacity for program scalability. Hornsby strives to recalibrate the traditional view of nonprofits, endeavoring to bridge the heart of the non-profit sector with the strategy of the for-profit sector.

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