Baking with love

2017-10-24 06:00
Nompumelelo Nqenqa who runs Nourish Bakery is helping her community learn to bake as she puts food on the table for her children as well

Nompumelelo Nqenqa who runs Nourish Bakery is helping her community learn to bake as she puts food on the table for her children as well

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Nompumelelo Nqenqa, better known as Sharon, from Imizamo Yethu in Hout Bay is changing her community one bread at a time.

She runs Nourish, a bakery in the area where youth at risk of drugs who have dropped out of school are given an opportunity to unleash their potential through ­baking.

Nqenqa is very passionate about helping her community and teaches baking and bread-making skills to people from Imizamo Yethu who have asked for help.

When business gets busy at Nourish she also asks some of the people she has trained to come in and work for her for the day. She is concerned about creating employment and skills development among community members of Hout Bay.

Her journey started last year when she attended a workshop on skills development for community members at iKhaya le Themba. A man from Durban showed them how to bake bread in a wood oven.

“I can see myself going places with what I am doing, and what I love about what I’m doing. I didn’t do this because of money, it’s because I love doing it. I love baking, I love cooking and I love helping people.”

This means working six days a week and even when her body is tired.

“I have to keep pushing. I have to be persistent, even though some days I know there won’t be any customers, I must still be at the shop; people must get used to seeing me there,” she says.

Nourish operates from inside the Workspace and her shop is open from Tuesdays to Sundays.

Nqenqa says her bread is not like any other bread. “What makes my bread special is that I don’t have to use electricity: I bake it with love. I take my time, I use my fists, I don’t rush it. I know I’m creating something beautiful. That’s what’s special about my bread. If I’m stressed I know when I get into the Workspace, I walk through the door, it’s relaxing me and comforting me. That’s why I find comfort in making my bread, because it’s where I give all my love.”

Her wish for Nourish is to get many vendors to sell her bread. “In three to five years’ time I would like to be able to rent out the entire space at the Workspace and have tables and umbrellas outside for people to sit and enjoy the food being made and served and the entire business to be run by people from Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu. Then to eventually open other franchises for Nourish around the province.”

Nourish is open from 08:00 to 15:00 on weekdays and 10:00 to 15:00 on weekends.

V For more information on Nourish call Nompumelelo Nqenqa on 073 082 1528.


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