We will train, coach and mentor 500 underserved head of household unemployed women to create and develop their own social ventures in the food industry. Cocinando Suenos" our experiential education program, equips women with the needed entrepreneurship, management and culinary skills to launch and propel their own social businesses in the food industry, doubling their income and significantly improving their livelihoods and that of their families.
The gender inequality gap in Colombia remains almost unchanged since the 90's and women's economic participation remains lower. Facing high levels of informality, low (63% of what men earn) and unstable incomes, they are often unable to provide provide for their large families, affecting also their children. In Medellin, women face unemployment of 12 percentage points above men, and wage differences of 31.8%. At the current rate, unless we take action, it will take 202 years to close this gap.
The concept of womens' culinary businesses with a purpose comes to reality. We provide hands-on entrepreneurship, management and gastronomy courses; developing hard and soft skills and paired with mentors, to start and manage their own social gastronomy ventures. They also participate in paid internships, honing their recently acquired skills by being part of the production of Kalpata's (social gastronomy and women empowerment partner organization) catering services and secret dinners.
By training and empowering low-income head of household women, we are bridging the gender opportunity and income gap, thus improving their families lives. Their propelled ventures are making an impact addressing social issues within their communities. Graduating cohorts become part of a community of independent and empowered entrepreneurial women, thus leading change within their communities through the power of culinary arts.