I receive a fair number of emails about crowd-funding campaigns and while they’re all worthwhile – I mean, helping someone to achieve a dream is always a worthy endeavour, right? – some seem more worthy of my cash and your cash and my time and your time. And this is one of them. I received an email last week from a friend of a friend regarding an upstart brewery in Rwanda. I was sitting up in my seat straight away, as I imagine many of you are now. To my knowledge, there aren’t any microbreweries in Rwanda yet (please feel free to correct me if I’m wrong). But wait, it gets better – this is not just going to be the country’s first craft brewery. It’s also going to be a girl-owned craft brewery, bringing beer back to where it began – into the hands of women. Yay.
The women of the South African beer industry, via the #SheLovesBeer movement, are planning a fundraiser or three to help with the funds required – more on that soon – but in the meantime, here’s all the info on the crowd-funding campaign. The current goal is to raise CAD$95,000 (R1,035,560) to fund a bottling line, with a deadline of November 11th (Canadian microbrewery Beau’s All Natural Brewing Co is backing the Rwanda Craft Brewery Project, hence the amount being quoted in Canadian dollars). A brewhouse has already been donated and it’s great to see that they are starting up in style – no half measures. Check out the campaign, donate what you can and be a part of the Rwandan craft beer revolution.