Bread is a staple food in Ethiopia. The government regulates the price of bread so it is affordable by even the very poorest people. Therefore, there is great demand for bread. Together with the Kindu Trust we have set up a small bakery co-operative. The government provided premises rent free and we raised the money for machinery and start-up costs, which was provided to the bakery as an interest-free loan.
The bakery has been operational since January 2015. It is situated in a corrugated iron shed on a hillside outside Gondar, successfully making and selling bread rolls. There are five members of the bakery co-operative. Some members also have special functions, such as the master baker, accountant and the cashier. They sell to market traders who come to the bakery to collect the rolls, except that at weekends they take some to market themselves. The co-operative are very happy with the current operation. Though it involves unsocial hours, they enjoy the work, and create a wonderful and happy atmosphere.
'The bakers begin at 7pm and finish at 5am each day, producing around 2500 rolls per week night, and 700 at weekends. The process is a production line: mixing, first rising, kneading, cutting and shaping, second rising, baking and packing. All members of the co-operative participate in the key processes of cutting, shaping and loading the oven. Click the arrow above to see them producing rolls.