New York City’s Hot Bread Kitchen is striving to change the lives of immigrant women looking to make a living in the United States, according to CNN Money. The non-profit offers women, in low income situations, the craft and commerce of baking bread so they may earn a living for their families.
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Clarissa Sango, 25, emigrated to the U.S. from Burkina Faso in 2011. She spoke little English and, as CNN reports, she didn’t possess many work skills—leaving her struggling to find a job.
“If you just came from Africa and you don’t have any resume or experience, it’s hard,” Sango told CNN Money.
The Bread Kitchen program is nine months and includes, “kitchen English” lessons which give women the language skills they need to communicate efficiently in the kitchen. The women enrolled in the classes also earn a wage of $8.75 while in attendance.
According to Money, the non-profit’s founder, Jessamyn Rodriguez, started the program out of her home in 2007, and has since trained 82 women from 20 countries. The storefront and training center is now located in Harlem, New York, where Rodriguez continues to offer women a unique space to link job skills and craft when they need it most.
“The mission here at the Hot Bread Kitchen is really around economic development,” Rodriguez said to Money. What makes us unique is real marriage between job skill and interest, with a career in market need.”
To learn more about the Bread Kitchen visit CNN Money.