The bakery at the Toekomsrus Drop-in Centre is finally open for business and the surrounding community loves it.
"It's been a long time coming," says Bakery Manager, Anna Mogase. "We needed to first make a number of changes to meet the requirements of the municipal health authorities but that is now all done and it's all systems go."
All over the world, charities face an uphill struggle to raise sufficient funds to continue their work. In South Africa, charities and N.G.O.s are finding it increasingly tough, as over 15 million people rely on Government for social grants in order to survive. There just isn't enough Government money to go around.
It was with this in mind that Carryou Ministry decided they needed to find ways to become self-sustainable and so the idea of opening and running a bakery was born.
"It's a way of generating income and also supplying bread to our feeding projects," says Carryou General Manager, Rev. Lawrence Mabaso, "in addition it creates jobs for eight people and imparts valuable skills."
An application for funding for the project was made to the National Development Agency who agreed to provide R350 000 (approximately US$38 000). Equipment was bought and training was set up.
And finally the dream has become a reality and fresh, hot, bread, straight from the oven, has Toekies residents lining up to buy it.