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Jones Day assists New York City ice cream entrepreneurs in bringing community development project to Rwanda

Clients Blue Marble Dreams, Inc.

Jones Day attorneys assisted two New York City entrepreneurs in corporate and tax matters related to Blue Marble Dreams, a New York not-for-profit corporation, whose mission is to sponsor community development projects involving the sale and production of ice cream in countries with indigenous but underutilized dairy resources. BMD will provide independently-owned start-up companies with seed capital, human capital and technological training and know-how to develop a sustainable ice cream business.

BMD's first project was organized in Rwanda for the benefit of members of Ingoma Nshya, an organized cooperative of 100 women who represent both sides of the 1994 genocide conflict in Rwanda. Many are widows or orphans as a result of this conflict, others are the family members of perpetrators. Through Ingoma Nshya, however, they put their differences aside to collectively build new lives for themselves. Sweet Dreams will enable the members of Ingoma Nshya to learn English, gain valuable job skills, earn an income and develop their capacity as savvy, successful entrepreneurs.

On June 5, 2010, "inzozi nziza" ("Sweet Dreams") opened their first ice cream store in Butare, Rwanda. Blue Marble Dreams plans to replicate the ice cream parlor project in various spots around the globe. Jones Day was pleased to pay an important role in assisting this project become a reality. Read more at:,8599,1997330,00.html#ixzz0tDFBUg1D