Great food is a key element in Liberian culture and the success of important events is measured by the quality of the catering! Liberia also has a long tradition – unique in West Africa because it was introduced by the freed slaves who founded the country – of producing luxury breads and pastries. Moreover, many people, including children, leave home for work and school without breakfast. As a result, there is a lively trade in snacks and meals to-go, especially at traffic junctions during rush hour and during school breaks. In other words, a large local market exists. There are also good opportunities for catering services to churches, schools and parties.
In 2009, Mineke Foundation started providing vocational skills training for unskilled and low-skilled residents. We are currently transitioning this into a social enterprise. As a social enterprise, the Bakery teaches our trainees how to bake breads and pastries, gives them work experience and teaches them how to be entrepreneurs. Mineke Foundation’s goal is for our graduates to become economically independent.
Our work focuses on developing personal initiative, responsibility and self-reliance. That is why we always ask our trainees to make a small financial contribution. Our ambition is to have the Bakery generate sufficient income to break even within 5 to 7 years.
At the moment, our additional training costs are EUR 250 per trainee per year. This amount lets you support a woman or teenage girl’s personal development and path to economic independence.
You’ll be making a real difference in someone’s life!