Social Development Centre Café and Shop

October 1, 2016

Agency: Karenni Social Development Centre

The Karenni Social Development Center (SDC), based on the Thai/Burma border, will trial a microfinance project that will help the organization generate a small income, and enable the students to learn valuable vocational skills. The SDC will set up a small café and snack shop, built by SDC staff and external labourers and ran by students, where members of the Karenni Refugee Camp #1 community will be able to eat traditional Karenni food.

SDC will employ a chef from the camp to manage the shop and train students to make and serve traditional Karenni dishes to feed at least 100 people every week. The café will be open daily from 8am – 4pm, and 50 students will assist the chef with the food preparation and cooking on a rota basis, giving them the opportunity to learn how to prepare meals. Not only will the students learn to cook, they will acquire specific skills to create a budget, oversee funds, solve problems and manage a microfinance project to make it sustainable.

The Café and Shop will provide students with practical work experience and the opportunity to learn how to cook and eat well. Importantly, the pilot is a practical application that aligns with the students’ SDC study courses in sustainability and economics. The café and snack shop will provide additional income for the SDC, with the aim that the organisation will be able to cover some of the costs of running the education program in the longer term, with the ultimate goal of achieving sustainability.