Jia Community Restaurant
Rural women and children in China are frequently faced with the challenge of being separated from their families, as men travel to cities to earn an income. In Liandaowan village the women are left without meaningful livelihood opportunities, and children’s education remains basic. The Rural Women’s Development Foundation aims to meet the needs of rural women and children by providing meaningful job opportunities, training, and immersive education for children. A large network of rural women across China allows women to discover new skills, passions, and create a strong sense of community.
Planeterra partnered with RWDF to provide the catalyst grant to construct a Community Corner and Restaurant in Liandaowan. The new restaurant with have a built-in customer base through G Adventures travellers starting in January 2019. Underemployed women from the community will become chefs, waiters and guides. Planeterra supported the training of 10 women in developing the necessary skills to run a successful kitchen. The restaurant is owned and managed by Tomato, a woman with the strong vision of seeing her generation empowered and engaging meaningfully in society. With a young family herself, she hopes this Community Corner will act as a place of learning and community building for children.
Liandaowan Community Restaurant will employ 5 women and provide an additional source of income to families in the community. More than financial independence, families will have a new safe space to learn and grow together, building community amongst each other as they invest in their children.