Our Mission.

Zaza Rising is a documentary created in support of the Duterimbere Bakery, a women-run social enterprise in rural Rwanda. The Duterimbere Bakery does not bake bread for profit, it bakes bread to create jobs for the most vulnerable women in its community.

Our Story.

In 2014, Christine Nyirahabimana started a bakery in Zaza, Rwanda hiring 10 HIV positive single mothers as her employees. The business was an immediate success and after six months all employees were able to double their monthly incomes. 

Starting a business is no easy task. During a drought, Christine had to temporarily cease operations due to rising commodity prices. Even more devastating was that the business lost 3 of its employees to AIDS and since most of the employees have been shunned by their families because of their HIV positive status, the bakery ended up paying for the funeral costs. These would be difficult setbacks for any start-up, but Christine is determined to make her social enterprise sustainable. When asked what she needed to succeed she answered without hesitation: education for my employees.

The bakery needs your support. Help us support them on their journey to establishing a viable and profitable social enterprise. 

Our Solution.

100% of the funds raised for the women of Zaza Rising go towards paying for business education for Christine and her employees that also teaches life skills and advanced baking and nutrition skills. Donations also supports improvements to the oven and bakery building. Our partner on the ground is  The Women's Bakery, an education-centric nonprofit and tax exempt 501 (c) (3) dedicated to developing women-owned bakery businesses in Rwanda and Tanzania. DONATE TODAY to support the women of Zaza Rising gain access to education and change the myth and belief about work in their community!


“My women will change the myth and belief about work.”

Christine Nyirahabimana |  Founder and Manager of Duterimbere Bakery