Dignified employment for refugee women and locals in Egypt

by Nada AlShazly

from Dawar Kitchen https://www.facebook.com/Dawar.Kitchen/

Our solution

Dawar Kitchen is a social enterprise located in Ezbet Khairallah, one of Cairo’s largest informal settlements. We provide dignified employment and vocational training for migrant, refugee and Egyptian women from the residents of Ezbet Khairallah, through business-to-business catering and other forms of commercial food production. We pride ourselves on fair working conditions and a participatory approach that ensures worker engagement in core decision-making and business planning.

What's the business opportunity for host and refugee community

Many Syrian refugee women in Egypt are very skilfull cooks, however, they're unable to establish their own small business for legal reasons and lack of business and marketing skills. We wanted to create a bridge between the women high-quality product and the local market and create an official entity, a registered company with a replicable business model, by which they're able to reach out to a decent client base that can offer sustainable long-term business relationship through contracts.

How has it been implemented and what impact it had

We were able to establish a properly equipped kitchen according to the local legal standards and registered it as a company, something refugees are unable to do in Egypt. Being an official entity encouraged different businesses, NGOs, embassies as well as individuals to support our project and work with us. We were able to reach out with our products of frozen and canto major outlets and supermarkets. We provide decent working opportunity with a fair wage for 10 women and hoping to include more.

Our Skills and Experience

My area of expertise is in management, quality and standardization, and marketing. I am working on developing a sustainable, scalable and replicable model and providing relevant vocational training for the employees, especially for the local women from Ezbet Khairalla, who are mostly untrained and doesn't have access to resources to improve their vocational and economic status. We also use locally sourced ingredients and depend on the Ezba's local community for different services we need daily.