Project information

Artisan bread market stalls run by Refugees

82% of skilled refugees are unemployed in the UK, despite actively searching for work. Breadwinners runs artisan bread market stalls across London farmers markets, and providing refugees with their first job in the UK. This enables them to take and active part in their new local community.

January 2019 - December 2019

Charity information: Breadwinners

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  • Need


    50% of refugees between 18-34 yrs struggle to find work, despite searching for 21 months. Having fled their own country because of war, persecution and violence, despite being highly skilled, they often lack the networks, connections, UK qualifications to gain work experience and begin employment. What they do have is hope, aspirations and a massive will to succeed. They simply need the opportunity.


    We provide employment to refugees who are struggling to find work, and volunteering work experience to asylum seekers which are not yet allowed to work. We also support them with, training, mentoring, networks and entrepreneurship opportunities to independently sustain themselves and progress. Being employed and part of our community, in a safe and supportive working environment has a positive impact on their confidence, self-esteem and well-being.
    How? Working at our market stalls.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Provide employment, references, networks and entrepreneurship opportunities for 3 Refugees.


    » We will set up 2 new market stalls and employ, train and progress 3 Refugees into independence, referred by our charity partners.

    What success will look like

    1- # of refugees who have their first job in UK
    2- # of refugees who have had training in transferable skills
    3- # of refugees who say they have improve confidence

    Aim 2

    Provide volunteering work experience, training, and mentoring to 7 young asylum seekers


    » Run 1 cohort of our Risers Programme, supporting 7 young asylum seekers with 3 months of work experience, training, and mentoring.

    What success will look like

    1- # of young people seeking asylum who have had their first volunteering experience in UK
    2- # of Y.P.S.A who have had training.
    3- # of Y.P.S.A who improved confidence

  • Impact


    Refugees and people seeking asylum will have increased confidence and self esteem. Members of local communities will meet refugees and people seeking asylum on our stalls, and hear their stories first hand, increasing awareness of the refugee issues, and building social bridges. By providing the first UK work experience to outstanding refugees and people seeking asylum we will inspire other organisations to realise their potential to become an active part in the community.


    Many refugees battle complex trauma, such as the loss of loved ones, as they begin their lives in the UK. This could impact their ability to work on our stalls. We work in partnership with other organisations to ensure that the refugees and people seeking asylum we work with are fully supported.


    We will communicate with our donors via social media, and email. We will update donors when we open a new stall, and share case studies and data to keep them updated on our progress towards our aims.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £4,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £2,168 Stall Equipment X 2 36 items including Gazebo, Tables, Branding
      £1,080 Salaries X 3 Part time self Employment at Living Wage
      £752 Training Food Safety Level 2, Customer Services, Finance, Marketing
  • Background




    Extraordinary refugees and young unaccompanied people seeking asylum new to the country. Our ‘Breadwinners’ will be referred into the project from our charity partners across London, because they have the skills, ambition and desire to learn transferable skills and/or to start employment.
    Refugees in the UK suffer from a high level of unemployment, due to lack of in-country experience and connections, in addition to legal constraints and a general bias against refugees.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Over the last 2 years we have expanded to 4 markets, and have trained and supported 8 refugees. 100% of profit from every loaf sold goes back into our work. We have the backing of London’s leading bakeries, like GAIL’s and The Celtic Bakers. Our training is delivered by experts in their field.
    “I tried to find job but they refused me. Breadwinners accepted me and supported me. I learn from breadwinners how to start my business again." Ahmed Osman

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