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Mazi Mas, creating delicious food and employment opportunities

Mazi Mas’s Aissatau Diagne and Carolin Goethel.

Beautiful exceptional cooks make up Mazi Mas,  a unique multi cultural pop-up restaurant and social enterprise that helps create employment opportunities for migrant refugee women in London.

It was created by Niki Kopcke, a half Greek half German gender specialist, who was inspired by Maria Mazoulis, a Greek woman who lived in the USA for 20 years and was an  extraordinary cook. Her  dream was to open her own bakery but was prevented  by her husband, who had old fashioned views regarding women.

The aim of Mazi Mas is to create employment opportunities for migrant and refugee women and bring their exciting food and cultural heritages to the local community. Carolin Goethel, Mazi Mas’s outreach and recruitment coordinator, said:  “We want to protect the cultural heritage that the women come with so they make their own food from their own countries.” She adds: “Usually the women we work with find it hard to get work in the UK, either because they can’t speak English very well or they have children and are not so flexible with the working hours. So we create a platform for them to work from and gain work experience from where they can move on and find a job or start their own business.” Continue reading

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The Crisis Cafe

Cake or pie anyone?

Pic: Danielle Aumond. Cake or pie anyone?

By Danielle Aumord

The Crisis Skylight London Cafe is perched on Commercial Street in the heart of the city’s financial district and in stark contrast to many of the local eateries, this is a cafe with a mission.

The cafe takes on trainees with the aim of developing skills and gaining qualifications, to enable them to move on into stable, paid work.

And as I enter into this lively hub, the trainees are busy producing healthy, homemade food and coffees. One is even giving testimony to the results of his hard graft training here – he’s now got a full time, paid job starting in a few days time.

Trainees work both in the kitchen and behind the counter.

Trainees work both in the kitchen and behind the counter.

Crisis' plight to end homelessness goes hand in hand with assisting clients to develop skills leading to paid employment.

Crisis’ plight to end homelessness goes hand in hand with assisting clients to develop skills leading to paid employment.

Trainees learn about general health and safety as well as food hygiene.

Trainees learn about general health and safety as well as food hygiene.

The Crisis Cafe pride themselves on serving their customers delicious, healthy meals. They also use seasonal, local and ethically sourced food where possible.

The Crisis Cafe pride themselves on serving their customers delicious, healthy meals. They also use seasonal, local and ethically sourced food where possible.

Tony makes a coffee. The skills that he's developed at Crisis have paid dividends - he now has a paid job to move onto.

Tony makes a coffee. The skills that he’s developed at Crisis have paid dividends – he now has a paid job to move onto.

 

 

 

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