Stamford, CT - The Women’s Business Development Council (WBDC) will host a showing of the documentary film “Sweet Dreams” at Naugatuck Valley Community College on Wednesday, October 8 from 6-9 pm.
The film chronicles a group of women who survived the 1994 Rwandan genocide and began a journey to become entrepreneurs. With the help of Brooklyn, NY based entrepreneurs from Blue Marble Ice Cream, the Women’s Business Development Council, and the Business Council for Peace (BPeace) they opened and continue to operate a successful ice cream shop.
It has been over 20 years since the end of the Rwandan genocide and the images of the atrocities inflicted upon the countries’ people were sent around the world. This film celebrates the triumphs of the survivors rather than the tragedy of the events that preceded it. The story is a remarkable tale of a group of women who seized an opportunity to create a better life for themselves, their families and their community.
WBDC’s President and CEO, Fran Pastore travelled to Rwanda with the New York City based Business Council for Peace (BPEACE) in 2010 to provide financial and business training to the ice cream shop entrepreneurs. WBDC is recognized locally, nationally and globally for their expertise in entrepreneurial training and technical assistance for women entrepreneurs.
“I was honored to be a part of this unique venture to assist women entrepreneurs in Rwanda. Having the ability to bring the fundamental tools and training developed by WBDC to women who would not otherwise have access allows me to fulfill the mission of WBDC and my personal passion for economic equity for all women.” said Pastore.
The film will be followed by a question and answer session. Owners of Blue Marble Ice Cream, President and CEO of WBDC, Fran Pastore and film director, Rob Fruchtman will be available to answer questions from the audience.
The film screening for “Sweet Dreams” will take place at Naugatuck Valley Community College’s main stage. Tickets are available free of charge on a first come first serve basis. You must reserve your seat in advance by visiting the WBDC website. Please call Megan Wormser at 203-353-1750 with any question or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The showing is presented with the support of the Connecticut Community Foundation and Naugatuck Valley Community College’s Women’s Center.