Dancing Heart K Bakery, Café, and Shopping Center

Launched in April 2021, Dancing Heart K Bakery is an income and skills training project located near the PCE Foundation home office in Buwenda village, Jinja. After witnessing a high rate of unemployment and school drop-out in our area, we made it our goal to give back to our community by providing a local place to buy baked goods and other food while creating opportunities for employment and training for young people. In less than two years, we have trained 27 people and improved food access for the people of Buwenda. We currently have 10 trainees learning how to make cakes, donuts, breads and other baked goods. We provide our trainees with food and accommodation, as well as training in communication, customer care, and computer skills.

History

When we moved the PCE Foundation home office from Kampala to Jinja, we decided that we wanted to do more than simply establish a base for our existing operations around Amor Village. We had the idea for a bakery, and while we were searching for a suitable location, our neighbor decided to sell his house, and he offered it to us! We reached out to our donors and shared our vision of a sustainable business that could support the nutritional needs of Portland School students, invest in our new community in Jinja, and continue to build on our mission to empower rural and poor communities through education. Through a business loan from Karen B and a grant from Kitchen Table Charities Trust, we purchased the house, furniture, equipment, and supplies for the bakery and cafe. In 2022, we received the generous gift of a Toyota Probox to use as a bakery car, greatly simplifying our purchasing and delivery processes. Many thanks to April and Karen B for your generosity!

Future plans

All profits from Dancing Heart are reinvested into the business so that we may increase our training and income generation opportunities. In 2023, we plan to expand our skills training program to include event management, beekeeping, garment-making, computer training, and basic business skills, in addition to bakery and cookery.

How you can help

In order to support our expanded programming, we need to construct additional shelters, add a water harvesting system to reduce utility bills, and purchase materials, equipment, and tools for the new programs.

We have hundreds of young people who have expressed interest in our training program, but we can only offer a few openings due to funding limitations for both trainers and training materials. If you would like to help us expand this program, consider a bakery sponsorship:

  • US$292.66 provides a month of training for one person, including instruction, materials, and food for the trainee.
  • US$974.98 provides a three-month training course for one person, including instruction, materials, food, certification with the Directorate of Industrial Training (DIT) Uganda, and graduation fees.

To inquire about supporting a baking sponsorship, please use our Contact form.