While working on my new venture, I came across an oh-so-inspiring organization: Hot Bread Kitchen.
Hot Bread Kitchen has mastered the skilled of running a business while giving back to the community. They run a multi-ethnic bakery in Spanish Harlem, where you will find anything from fresh baguettes, corn tortillas, challah breads, nans, granolas.... all inspired by foreign-born and low-income women and made with local and organic ingredients. Hot Bread Kitchen also rents kitchen space for small entrepreneurs starting out in the food industry. 100% of the proceeds from the bakery and the kitchen incubator are reinvested in the baking training program to help these women from Mali, Mexico, Ethiopia, Morocco... learn English, computer skills and baking techniques to prepare them for a career in the culinary world or start their own business.
"Hot Bread Kitchen is way more than a bakery, it's the United Nation of Bread" says Jessamyn W. Rodriguez, founder and CEO "with a secret goal to change the face of this mostly-men dominated industry".