Women’s economic empowerment is essential for advancement in developing countries. Women with steady incomes are more likely to save their money and spend it on the health, education and safety of their families.
In fact, according to the United Nations, for every $1 a woman earns in a developing country, 85 cents is invested into her family. That's a lot. In order to stimulate and support real and lasting growth in developing countries, the social and economic empowerment of women is our priority.
After women come children. In developing countries, women are the predominant care takers of children. By empowering a woman, one empowers a family, and in turn, an entire community.
Benefits of skill development
This bakery model presents itself as an opportunity for longevity. Women trained to work in these bakeries are equipped with invaluable and irrevocable skills. These skills are a vital resource, providing an empowering security for their lives, health, education and employment. Simply put, the women learn both baking and business skills that no one can take away from them. Becoming a baker is like entering into a vocational university—in the bakery, the women acquire skills. As the bakery matures, so too do the women's operations and business skills, deeming them invaluable assets for future bakeries.
The women receive comprehensive training in recipes and baking, bookkeeping and accounting, packaging and distributing, organizational management, company communication and culture creation. This training enables them to function autonomously and successfully. Ownership is vital to the success of each bakery, and ownership is born from responsibility. The women are responsible for the birth, growth and success of the bakery.
Bread is one of humanity’s most basic and vital goods. It's been molded, matured and manipulated to compliment every culture’s style and taste. Bread is easy. It's forgiving. It's nutritious. And, for us, bread is transformative.
Bread can provide life-changing nutrition in communities where food is scarce. A bakery can give a woman the opportunity to support herself financially, bettering her family and her future. Bread—and bakeries—can create scalable change and growth in local economies where change is so desperately needed.
Locally sourced, nutritious, affordable, and opportunity-creating, bread is the best thing since, well, sliced bread.