What We Do
50 PERCENT OF THE TOTAL INCOME OF THE CAFE GOES TO OUR REFUGEE EMPLOYEES AND STAFF MEMBERS
SINCE OPENING DOORS IN OCTOBER 2016, 52 PEOPLE HAVE GRADUATED FROM THE PROGRAM AND HAVE BEEN BENEFITED FROM IT.
LIVELIHOOD PROJECT HAS PROVIDED EMPLOYMENT TO 52 INDIVIDUALS WHO COLLECTIVELY HAVE
MADE CLOSE TO 500,000 CAD IN EARNINGS.
AS OF TODAY, THE ORGANIZATION IS STAFFED BY 66 PERCENT REFUGEES OUT OF THE TOTAL WORKFORCE IN THE PROJECT.
LIVELIHOOD is a local, Not-For-Profit café located in Kensington market at the heart of downtown Toronto which is one of Toronto's most diverse areas hosting shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. At the cafe, we offer a variety of hot and cold beverages and food options from around the world, including our special Tea menu, Turkish and Ethiopian coffee made from premium beans. You can also find our Syrian Breakfast and Plant Protein Soups as well as all of our other food and beverages on the menu. We also provide our food and beverages on our online store where we deliver our food right to your home. You also have the option to pre-order your food or drink and pick it up from the store at your convenience.
All the food and beverages provided in our cafe are vegetarian-friendly and we also offer a wide variety of vegan and gluten-free friendly options. Since the quality of our food and ingredients used in them are essential to our café, most of the items in our food and drinks menu are homemade cooked from organic, premium ingredients. Our Turkish coffee is one of our favorite drinks provided to our costumers which is made from premium Yemeni beans that we import from Yemen. You can also find some very rare options on our menu, like our Ethiopian coffee which is made from organic premium beans and fresh ginger. You can take a look at all these options on our menu.
Our cafe is committed to helping refugees and newcomers who are new to their new home, Canada and this environment. We practice this policy of ours by hiring most of our employees and staff members from the refugees community in Toronto. In fact 50 percent of the income of the cafe goes to our refugee employees who are in charge of preparing most of the food offered in our cafe as well as running most of the operations in the cafe. Also in the cafe, we prepare our refugee employees to take on bigger and more skilled positions later on for their future career path. Since opening doors in October 2016, Livelihood Project has provided employment to 52 individuals who collectively have made close to CAD 500,000 in earnings.
Our employees prepare high quality, cultural food to our costumers with love and care and we provide them in our store located in kensington market as well as on our online store to make it available for them at all time. We also help our employees, who are mostly new to the community, to establish a permanent presence in the society and be independent of their needs by giving them the tools needed to find their professional and social role in Canada. Ultimately, The end goal of the cafe is to provide a safe and inclusive environment for both our costumers as well as our staff members and provide them with support and help the need and deserve.