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When Ron “JR” Schoenfeld of Chives Restaurant traveled to Rwanda in December 2009, his mission was to help a humanitarian group feed 4,000 villagers. He returned to Green Bay with a plan to feed thousands more.

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda resulted in the systematic massacre of 800,000+ people in less than 100 days. The events occurred while the international community seemed to turn the other way. The country is striving to rebuild its economy with coffee and tea production being among its main sources of foreign exchange. Nearly two thirds of the population lives below the poverty line.  More than 15 years later, the Rwandan people continue to try to escape its stigma and violent past. The average per capita annual income is just $510.

While in Rwanda, JR fell in love with the country and its strong, hardworking people. He met Father Leszek Czelusniak, director of the Marion Missions Kibeho-Rwanda, who gave JR a tour of his compound and school. Fr. Leszek said his dream was to have a bakery because, ‘The kids love bread, and they only get it about once a year.’

JRSo Began the Seven Loaves Project. The idea is simple. Give a man a loaf of bread and he eats for a day. Teach a man to bake, and his village eats for a lifetime.

Through the Seven Loaves Project, our mission is to provide the people of Rwanda and other impoverished countries with the ovens, resources, and training to feed their communities for generations to come.

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