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Baobab Bakery + Community Hub

by Niamh Joan Martin in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

On 24th April 2020 we successfully raised £230 with 13 supporters in 56 days

My aim is to help the environment, educate the international community, help each other and bake some cake while doing it!

by Niamh Joan Martin in Inverness, Scotland, United Kingdom

About the Creator 

I am a 21 year old with BIG ambitions. I am a very positive and motivated person, whom tries to see the best in everyone and everything there is. Since I was about 14, I have been trying to do my bit towards helping my community. From working in Oxfam, to the charity committee in school, bake sales for Alzheimer’s Society and being a teacher for 7 months in a rural area of Malawi called Mangochi.

 I lived in a village called Bolera, on the shores of lake Malawi in 2016/17, moving there when I was only 17. Whilst there, I worked as a volunteer teacher, providing basic education to a large group of 9-14 year olds.The country has stolen my heart, and to this moment not a day goes by without me bringing it up to someone! More recently, I have working as a pastry chef, doing fundraiser events  for Alzheimer’s and other charities, and saving wildly to help my family and fund my dream.

My aim is to contribute to my community in a positive way. I am passionate about the environment, and how to help save the world that we live in. I am also passionate about creating opportunities where they are deserved but not necessarily found. I think most people will have heard of ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ by now. He is a teenager from a small rural village in Malawi, who built a windmill from a scrapheap, which in turn saved his whole village by providing a water source. It goes to show that hidden in these communities, there is will and potential for a better life. What they lack is opportunity, and I want to help provide that. I currently work alongside a charity called ‘Mothering Bolera (

 About Mothering Bolera

Mothering Bolera is a charity founded by Charlie Belizario (left), based in London.We met during my time in Malawi and, like myself, she adores our village and is endlessly involved in work the community.

On the right is myself, and Sir Eric Nsauka, one of our lifelong friends and a member of the Mothering Bolera team. Eric also works at the Bolera Palms Primary School, and is constantly doing things for the community! Whether he is looking after village kids, teaching, tutoring in his spare time, or learning a new craft, he is always busy!

Established in September 2017, the mothering Bolera Nursery school aims to provide the youngest residents of Bolera a strong foundation for education. The school teaches in both English and Chewa, and links children to nearby primary schools within walking distance. 

All stuff in the nursery are Malawian and residents of Bolera Village. they are all paid through Charlie or sponsorship.

The Mothering Bolera Feeding programme

'In August 2018, the Mothering Bolera team began a programme to help families housing orphans and vulnerable children. We are currently able to support two families with children at the nursery. Each month the families receive a 50kg bag of maize flour and a care package filled with a number of necessities such as a soap, washing powder, rice and more.' - Mothering Bolera representative.

                                                                                                                Each month, after start up is finished, a percentage of the business's profit will go directly into the charity, funding its feeding programme. Mothering Bolera is responsible for the education of circa 60 children of nursery age. The programme gives them a meal a day, alongside a foundation level of education that will help set up the toddlers for the future.

THE BIG PLAN - eating cake to make the world a better place 

The project will run out of my cafe/bakery, still yet to find a home, which will in turn bring a varied range of clientele into my project space. The cafe will aim to bring in categories such as the over 65s, teenagers, families and those with dietary needs such as vegan or coeliac.I believe that although good to have a target audience, I wish to make my services inclusive of everyone. I believeI will be doing so through my range of charity work, environmental incentives and my bespoke food!

No matter what your visit to the cafe is for, you are still making a difference; whether it be buying food, a birthday cake, attend a workshop or donate something.

Our three goals are as easy as...

The business will contribute to the the following aims; 

- helping to build a sustainable environment; go rubbish free by bringing your own tub or learning to upcycle 

- helping provide education and opportunity; a share from all of our proceeds will go directly to Mothering Bolera, providing a meal and education to nursery age children. 

 Alternatively, you can sponsor a child, or donate any gently worn bras to send to ‘Smalls for All’: (see below for more information).

-helping your local community; donating goods to the foodbank or clothing bank.

The cafe will have a regular menu for drinks, cakes, and brunch/light bites. There will be an international food of the week as the special to attract clientele. The focus of the business will lie in the bakery, producing all our own cakes and hot food. Speciality cakes will be available to order (price varying on the consultation). Wondering what’s on offer? See below!

For the social aspect of the business, I intend to do as much as I can to help the community, locally and worldwide.  There will be an area dedicated to community work in the cafe, where there will be sign up sheets for upcoming workshops and the charity boxes; donations for an in house foodbank, alongside donations to the homeless, and  'Smalls for All' (SC041689); a charity which sends underwear to African women and children in need. These donations will be collected and sent bi-monthly to their respective charities, however the food bank will be free for the public to use in times of hardship alongside the clothing donations, intended mainly but not exclusively to the homeless. 


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£25 or more

A box of 6 treats

If £25 is pledged, I will bake you a 6 piece treat box of your choice!

£50 or more

6” round cake of your choice!

I will bake a 6” round cake to your specifications. See below for options.

£100 or more

Bespoke celebration cake

I will make a bespoke decorated celebration cake for you; based on description I will draw you a cake based on your choices, and make it a reality.

£250 or more

0 of 5 claimed

Free monthly cake box for a year

This entitles you to a monthly taster box, containing at least 5 different varieties of cakes/biscuits, for a year. That means 12 beautiful boxes of cake, whether it be my classic staples or trials or something new for you to give me feedback on!

£500 or more

0 of 2 claimed

A meal for all

I will make a dish on my menu specifically tailored to you, and you get to name it! It will go on my menu when I get to open for its first year of business.

£1,000 or more

0 of 10 claimed

Free coffee for a year!

People like you are AMAZING! By supporting the Baobab Community, you are helping to educate a small community in Malawi, and create positivity! You will receive free coffee for a year, and we will be delighted to see you in store!

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