Established in 2015 and located in Sar Bet, Temsalet Kitchen focuses on providing job opportunities for unemployed women. Temsalet means ‘exemplary’ and the idea behind it is simple:
One trained woman (supervisor) is placed among a group of untrained women to coach and teach them to acquire new skill sets. Learning takes place organically at Temsalet, in a form of sisterhood. Once the women have acquired new skills, they are placed with new employees to keep the cycle going.
Our mission is to be holistic – this shows in various ways of our social enterprise, ranging from where we source our ingredients to how our customers perceive the restaurant.
In the supply chain, Temsalet prioritizes supporting small women business owners and buy exclusively from them for fair prices and encourage a long time work relationship.
Additionally, Temsalet Kitchen uses its space as a platform to highlight local talent, topics that are close to the cause of Temsalet and are important for the community to hear, discuss, and to have an access point to get help on certain topics.
In light of the current global Pandemic, Temsalet Kitchen extended its original mission of empowering women by feeding the part of our community that’s most affected by the pandemic – the homeless and poorest of Addis Ababa.
With the help of Bole sub-city Wereda 6 Administration Office, and our friends from Prints For Ethiopia who gathered Ethiopian artists from abroad and locally to donate one of their artworks for sale with all proceeds going to Temsalet’s feeding initiative, Temsalet is able to give out 700 meals every week to 100 homeless and low-income families.