The Bread and Butter Project began after Paul Allam and his wife Jessica Grynberg made a trip to Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border. At the invitation of a local orphanage, they taught a group of Karen refugee women how to bake bread and helped establish a social business to support these women and the orphanage.

After returning to Australia, Paul who is the co-owner of the popular Bourke Street Bakery, decided to get his business partner David McGuinness on-board. The trio began the social enterprise

that gifts its time, baking and hospitality expertise to establish a wholesale bakery where 100% of the profits go towards training and employment opportunities for refugees and asylum seekers in Sydney.

12 trainees are recruited for a 12 month period for a paid traineeship. Working alongside professional bakers, the program provides full-time paid traineeships which include baking skills, work experience, TAFE accreditation, English as a Second Language tutoring and career counselling. At the end of the program, The Bread and Butter Project works with the participants to find a job.

“So far 100% of our trainee baker graduates have been placed in sustainable employment, mostly in the baking and hospitality industry…it’s an incredible result.” – Trainee Support Manager, Reyna Flynn.