Collette Foundation Support Helps South African Bakery Open for Business03/10/2011 - Rosie’s Bakery plans to be self-sustaining; already it helps feed many in need. Pawtucket, Rhode Island … The Collette Foundation is proud to announce the opening of Rosie’s Bakery. The bakery is located in the township of Khayelitsha, home to over 1 million residents, just outside of Cape Town. This township is one of the most marginalized and poverty-stricken communities in South Africa. After only three weeks of baking, Rosie’s Bakery is already feeding many in need and selling breads to the local community, reports Allison Villasenor, Collette Foundation project manager.
Within the Khayelitsha township is what locals call a safe haven known as “Baphumelele.” Baphumelele was started by Rosalia Mashale, “Rosie,” in 1989. Aside from her new bakery, Rosie also runs a Kitchen, an EduCare Center, an Orphanage, a Woodworking Shop, and an Aids Respite Center.
Many local community members came out to celebrate the opening of the bakery; there was singing and speeches made by Rosie, Dan Leader of SAWGBP - South African Whole Grain Bread Project, the Mayor of Cape Town, and two representatives of the Collette Foundation.
Christine and Vanessa Sullivan represented the Collette Foundation at the opening of the bakery and reflected that “it was very gratifying to see and be a part of a project that was making such a positive impact on so many lives, and for people who where truly thankful for the help. The Collette Foundation should be very proud of how these funds were used.”
The bakery plans were developed by Dan Leader and Neil Ratner of SAWGBP. Their plan of building a container bakery that can produce nutritious bread to feed those in need in the local community and also be sold to create a steady revenue stream was two years in the making. Villasenor sums up the goals for the bakery saying, “the hope is that after 18 months, the bakery will be self- sustained, selling enough bread to cover expenses, bring in profit, and make donations to local organizations.” Rosie’s bakery is the second bakery built by SAWGBP.
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