Gladys Zulu has taken on her new oven project in Marianhill with an energy like no other. Up early in the mornings with fellow bakers, Zethu and Ntombi, they bake bread, snowballs, chelsea buns and pizza's and have found a good niche in the community to sell their products. Their enthusiasm is catchy and they are a delight to mentor. Women empowerment is so important going forward in South Africa and it's wonderful that Celebrate Life is paving a way for this to happen. The ovens are fired by a small wood fire and bakers can bake 4 loaves of bread every 25 minutes. Such an awesome sustainable project.
A heartfelt thank you to the IQRAA TRUST South Africa for donating 5 ovens for our oven projects, enabling us to empower women by assisting them to own their own bakeries as well as feed local schools and orphanages in the area.
The first of the ovens was launched in Marianhill and we're hoping it will be a roaring success. Three of the ovens will be given to Vision 153 in Ballito to aid them with their wonderful feeding schemes.
We will keep you posted on the placement of the 5th oven.
Thank you to the IQRAA Trust for helping us help others.
Celebrate Life works closely with Mama Mimi’s, who supply the ovens. They were founded in 2012 and have dedicated these years to successfully implementing micro bakeries into the rural communities of South Africa. We are passionately selecting and training previously disadvantaged individuals to become an entrepreneur. These people need a helping hand out of their poverty cycle and Celebrate Life is committed to their sustainable entrepreneurship and community upliftment.
We live by the parable “Give a man a fish; he will eat for a day. Teach him to fish; he will eat for a lifetime.”
Celebrate Life is driven by the image photographed by the late Kevin Carter in Sudan, 1993. A starving toddler is depicted, trying to reach a feeding centre when a hooded vulture landed nearby. This image angers us as there has been little change in the last 10 years in South Africa. The upliftment programs implemented are not making a long-term sustainable change, and very often are unsuccessful once the donor moves on. No child should go hungry; each community should have the knowledge, skills, facilities and empowerment to help each other.
Celebrate Life has a tried and tested upliftment model that is bringing long-term sustainable change. We have developed a wood fired bakery, which is uplifting and empowering unemployed and impoverished communities.
A baker’s story: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8T5whOH274w
"2016 is a great year to contribute to a worthy project - alleviating poverty, empowering communities and creating incomes for the poor."
Support a township baker and facilitate the delivery of free bread to children who need it.
Through corporate and private funding, Mama Mimi’s has successfully rolled out numerous Township bakeries, each one selling their baked products to neighbours and family. Celebrate Life’s objectives are to establish township entrepreneurs and, through ongoing support and mentorship, keep them sustainable.
BREAD CREDITS have been created to further assist the bakers and their communities. One bread credit costs R10 and is equal to one 700g loaf of sliced bread. There are two options:-
Purchase a minimum of 10 bread credits per month (R100) and the Mama Mimi's baker bakes 10 loaves for the R100. We collect the bread and deliver it to a nearby orphanage or preschool at no cost to them. Each free loaf will provide 5 children with their daily bread. To provide the continued delivery of this bread we ask that a debit order for bread credits is completed. You will be directly assisting with the success of the bakers business and ensuring that the end product reaches the children that need it most. The baker gets to make his bread and sell it for bread credits. The orphanage gets help in the form of free bread, not money, which can so easily be misused.
To support a dedicated baker and orphanage over a 25 day period costs R2500 per month in bread credits. Celebrate Life will provide you with the details of the Baker, his location as well as that of the orpanage. You would also receive your bakers’ annual “financial report”.
This form of upliftment allows all of your upliftment spend to reach the intended recipient and in this case, there are 2; the baker gets the exact amount you contribute, and the children get freshly baked bread for the same value.
Together Changing Our Nation One Loaf At A Time
Points of Note
1. 8.5 million loaves of bread are consumed daily in SA, about 5 million are consumed by people living in township communities. There is approximately R4.00 per loaf that is wasted on the cost of getting this bread to that consumer. R4.00 x 5 million loaves = R20million. This is the amount that leaves people’s pockets every day.
2. Celebrate Life does things differently. Utilizing ED or SED type funding on behalf of bakers, we roll out wood fired bakeries and bake bread where it is consumed. Using this model, those R4.00’s per loaf stay and benefit the community.
3. Celebrate Life supplies the various premixes to the bakers. This ensures a consistent product of a high standard. It is the profits from this premix that cements the relationship between the baker and Celebrate Life. The better the baker does the better we do. A truly sustainable partnership
4. Our estimates are that if we could put 20 000 bakeries into SA, this would directly create 41000 jobs. The direct impact of this in retained income for township communities would be around R12,8 million per day.
Let’s do things differently for a better World for all.