I just wanted to provide you with a quick update on Inzozi Nziza, the local ice cream shop opening in Butare, which you kindly featured in the latest edition of your guide.
As you correctly stated, Inzozi Nziza is run by a local women’s cooperative, in conjunction with Blue Marble Dreams, the non-profit venture of Brooklyn’s Blue Marble Ice Cream. The idea is to provide training and a sustainable livelihood for these women, as well as a feelgood business for locals and tourists alike.
The shop is due to open in June; the premises are south of the town centre, near the university campus. On the map on p128 of your guide, we’re in grid square A6, just by Motel du Mont Huye (Southside). Construction work and shop fitout are going on now, but anyone passing can feel free to put their heads round the door and say hi!
The story of the shop opening and the people involved is a good one in itself, and anyone who is interested can follow it on our blog at “http://bluemarbledreams.wordpress.com“.
On a personal note, I’d just like to say thanks for all the work you put into your guide and, in particular, for mentioning Inzozi Nziza in the first place. I passed by Butare a couple of months ago as a tourist and looked up the shop because you’d put it in your guide. Now I’m a volunteer helping with the opening, teaching English to around sixty inspiring women, and having the time of my life. So *big* thanks to you and to Bradt Guides!