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