This week is a particularly special week for our Behind The Bench blog: we were able to help contribute to the opening of the very first bakery/restaurant in the village of Mitahato, 35 kilometers from Nairobi in Kenya, Africa, as part of an initiative created by Parkbench Co-Founder & CMO, Amanda Newman’s, dad, Irving Newman. We were fortunate enough to help support the cause by donating an oven and other accessories to help get them started. We were very excited and humbled as a Team to partner with the Mitahato Education and Development Fund to contribute to such a wonderful milestone in the lives of these remarkable two women.
The opening of the bakery has forever changed the lives for Gladys and Cecelia and their families, both of whom will be running the bakery and perfecting their baking skills. Most notably, their birthday and wedding cake recipes! Having always been hardworking women, the opening of the bakery now gives them the opportunity to become self-reliant and learn new skills. And they’ve been taking full advantage of it, working day and night over the past 6 months to perfect their baking skills at the MEDF Teaching Farm. With their days beginning at the Rooster-hour of 5:30 am to buy firewood to heat the oven, they take full advantage of the wonderful opportunity to run their own business. The day’s menu starts with fresh banana bread cakes served with tea and coffee and for lunch there is black beans or njahi, green grams, rice and chapati.
As a team at Parkbench, we’re very proud to be a part of this Project, and we wish Gladys and Cecelia and the Staff at MEDF the best of luck with their new local bakery! While this is definitely a success story for the community, there are many more women and youth who need the same opportunity to have sustainable food and income security for their families. To learn more of the work of MEDF contact the Mitahato Education and Development Fund at [email protected] or visit their website at www.mitahatoedf.com. A Helping Hand can Change a Life Forever.
MEDF is a grassroots CBO (Community Based Organization) registered under the Kenyan Ministry of Gender and Youth Services. The CBO is located in Mitahato Village, Kinambu County and was founded in February 2013.
An interview with Irving Newman, Founder of MEDF.