Projects in India

Lunch with a meaning: With WeLunch we want to feed renewal. With Dutch companies, but also in India, where we support local populations with schooling and microloans.

The Gingee school

 

Gingee is a village in the south of India. Its inhabitants live in poverty and there’s no school in the close vicinity; education was for most never a part of their upbringing. In a collaboration with Danish NGO Periamma, we changed that in 2011. Children between three and six years of age are now taught in English, Tamil and maths, but also more creative subjects as music, dance and singing – it’s a start.

 

We continue to support the population in Gingee by donating a share of every lunch’ revenue to the school. This way we can help fund the teacher’s salaries and the school’s furniture, and pay for the children’s uniforms, toys and books.

 

Since the opening of the school in Gingee, we’ve been back three times to see what the school means to the village and to find out how we can continue to contribute in the future. Each and every one of the trips turned out to be experiences no lunch or a thousand words can compete with.

Street kitchens in India

 

Chennai is a middle-large city, situated in the same part of India as Gingee. Vanaja and Latha, two sisters from Chennai, dreamt of opening their own street kitchen – music to our foodlovers’ ears of course. However, their dream also had an urgent nature. Both sisters have kids, whilst neither has a partner, meaning that they are on their own to take care of their children.

 

In 2014, again in collaboration with Pariamma, we loaned the sisters a micro-credit of $2000,- with which they could use to turn their dream into a reality. Two years later they fully repaid the loan and managed to save up to put their kids through school. We immediately put the sisters’ money to good use, loaning it to another Indian entrepreneur with a similar street-kitchen-dream. A truly fulfilling way to give our passion for food an extra meaning.

Street kitchens in India

 

Chennai is a middle-large city, situated in the same part of India as Gingee. Vanaja and Latha, two sisters from Chennai, dreamt of opening their own street kitchen – music to our foodlovers’ ears of course. However, their dream also had an urgent nature. Both sisters have kids, whilst neither has a partner, meaning that they are on their own to take care of their children.

 

In 2014, again in collaboration with Pariamma, we loaned the sisters a micro-credit of $2000,- with which they could use to turn their dream into a reality. Two years later they fully repaid the loan and managed to save up to put their kids through school. We immediately put the sisters’ money to good use, loaning it to another Indian entrepreneur with a similar street-kitchen-dream. A truly fulfilling way to give our passion for food an extra meaning.

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