Hot Bread Kitchen is an incubator, which may seem like a play on words. To put it into simpler terms, they help turn dough into an opportunity that can lead to a career that will pay the bills.
The organization is training women from all over the world to become bread baking artisans who bake more than 75 multi-ethnic breads, inspired by the women they train. As dough rises, so do the hopes and dreams of the people who enlist in their “employer-driven” programs like Bakers in Training that give a hand up to women looking to establish careers in the food industry. Bakers in Training is a paid on-the-job program that teaches the trade of bread baking as a means of short circuiting the cycle of poverty.
In addition to learning a trade, they help place their graduates in “fair wage positions with access to benefits and opportunities for advancement.”
The organization was started by Jessamyn Rodriguez who is herself an innovator, having worked in various organizations devoted to human rights, education and immigration before obtaining the certification of a Master Baker and becoming the first female baker at Daniel Bound’s famous restaurant in New York. She launched Hot Bread Kitchen from her home in 2007 and now it has its own storefront.
What’s even more impressive is the business that has grown from her passion and perseverance and the people it is helping.
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