TiffinWalli is a social enterprise catering business. We assist women who are distant from the labour market; especially those in the minority and disadvantaged positions, such as BAME, single mothers and homemakers, women that have been displaced or have a disability, capitalising on their pre-existing cooking skills to enable them to be employed or self-employed.
The difference we make
We have trained 20 women since October 2019. Out of which eleven women were ready to work for TiffinWalli from March 2020. However, like many other businesses, the COVID -19 lockdown has forced us to change our business objectives of delivering catering services. Due to restrictions on social gatherings, TiffinWalli has had to close its event services temporarily. However, with the help of some women, we were able to transform the social event service to a home delivery service, delivering nutritious hot food services for older people and carers. We were able to give paid work opportunities to five women under this scheme.
We are facing challenges in supporting a maximum number of women given the current circumstances. Many women are also facing financial hardship due to loss of income within their families.
TiffinWalli continued to keep supporting women through online training. During the training, we found that many women are exceptionally talented or specialised in a particular field of cooking, e.g, baking- traditional bread making or modern cake making. They were creating their species and delicious desserts which are not available on the mainstream market.
New initiatives to address the challenges
TiffinWalli decided to take on a new challenge to support these women. A new initiative that will create an opportunities for some women to become financially independent, especially at this challenging time of COVID.
We identified two such women who are very experienced and exceptional cooks. TiffinWalli would like to support them to bring their exquisite dishes to be enjoyed by the public. One of them would like to bring her delicious traditional Bangladeshi yoghurt into the market, and the second person would like to bring her traditional Sri Lankan spices, with recipes, to cook at home. TiffinWalli has run a food tasting session of both of these items amongst their extended friend circles, and it has been enthusiastically well received.
With the donation money, we will support these two women to become self-employed and develop and launch their product in the market. TiffinWalli, will support them with training and initial part-time salaries. We will be investing the donation money for product development - both general and Vegan yoghurt. Furthermore we’ll utilising environment-friendly packaging and for marketing the product.
The success of these two women will generate more jobs for other women, who are facing difficulties in finding suitable employment, especially at this challenging time whilst looking after their family at the same time,
The initiative will have an additional five women who will be supporting these two women as their ‘buddy’, and later get into the paid employment with them. We are targeting to support at least these seven women to be partially financially independent within their 1st year of the business.