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WBDC to premiere “Sweet Dreams”

By Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC)

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Stamford, CT - Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) was offered the opportunity to premiere “Sweet Dreams” a documentary film in Connecticut. While other films have documented the atrocity of the Rwandan genocide, “Sweet Dreams” is telling a new kind of story… the story of remarkable women who dare to dream of new possibilities for themselves and their country.

WBDC was intimately involved with the Rwandan women featured in the film. Women’s Business Development Council CEO, Fran Pastore was honored with an invitation from the international organization Business Council for Peace based in New York City and the owners of Blue Marble Ice Cream based in Brooklyn, New York in 2010 to participate in providing WBDC financial and business training to the Rwandan women opening the ice cream business “Sweet Dreams”.

WBDC is recognized nationally and internationally for their expertise and is frequently called upon to participate in unique and diverse programs. Pastore traveled across the world and taught 20 Rwandan women how the build and manage their business based on the expertise the organization has been offering throughout Connecticut for over 16 years. The women in Rwanda participated in the WBDC financial counseling program. Pastore was touched to be able to open bank accounts for each woman involved. Most recently she was called upon by the State Department to participate to provide financial training for a group of women in a small village in Costa Rica.

Directed by award-winning Litchfield, CT filmmaker Rob Fruchtman, “Sweet Dreams” is about the emergence of the a group of Rwandan women as budding entrepreneurs, their struggles to build their cooperative including their delight as they learn to make and taste ice cream for the first time. When the group is threatened by the difficulties inherent in starting a business, we see the tensions lurking within society and how this group handles the situation. Rob will be available for a question and answer session following the film to further discuss his experiences while filming in Rwanda.

The Connecticut “Sweet Dreams” premiere will take place on June 6th, 2013 at 6 pm at The Bijou Theater. The theater is located at 275 Fairfield Avenue in Bridgeport, CT. The event is sponsored by RBS Citizens Bank as part of their financial education commitment to the community. Tickets are available for $20 and can be purchased from WBDC’s website, Tickets are free of charge for WBDC Connect members. Please call 203-353-1750 with any questions. All proceeds will support SWEET DREAMS and the women of Ingoma Nshya. Light appetizers will be served and a cash bar is available.

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