Café Ubuntu, scheduled to open in Spring 2013, will be the first ever bakery in Maai Mahiu. Construction began in June 2012 in partnership with Whole Foods Market
and Whole Planet Foundation
. In addition to providing financial support, these partners are also sending us 3 teams of volunteers to assist with construction and staff development for the project. The café will not only be self-sustaining and create jobs, but will also offer modern bathroom accommodations and become a beacon for travelers and tourists, thereby improving the quality of life for the community.
Café Ubuntu will also be a much-needed health and nutrition resource center for the Rift Valley. Our menu will offer delicious crepes, espresso, and farm-to-table options catered to the local community and the roughly 1 million tourists who drive through Maai Mahiu each year. The café will be the only source of espresso outside of Nairobi en route to the Maasai Mara thanks to our partner Allegro Coffee
, who will be providing the espresso machine & training. Café Ubuntu will also work in association with Brown’s Cheese
, the largest local Kenyan cheese distributor, to boost business for local goat herders by providing milk for goat cheese. We will also hold income-generating supper clubs and provide education to the community about sustainable farming. This business that so many helped build will not only be a source of pride for CTC but for the entire community of Maai Mahiu!
Construction is moving right along, and we are almost ready to add the roof. Here are some photos showing the progress we've made so far:
Three teams this summer, comprised of team members from Whole Foods Market and Whole Planet Foundation, begin construction of Café Ubuntu, Maai Mahiu's first bakery.
Handcrafted, brick by brick..
Big things coming!
Beginning the roofing process. Photo by Larissa Downer
Café Ubuntu is done with construction and we're currently getting ready for the opening! More updates to come!