Skills Development, Dec. 4, 2023, 4:06 p.m.

Crafting Careers in Baking and Barista: Sozo Foundation's Path to Empowerment.

Author: SOZO Foundation

As we continue our journey through the inspiring work of the Sozo Foundation, we now turn the spotlight on the Baking and Barista programs, two initiatives that have opened doors to promising careers for young individuals in Vrygrond.

The Need for Diverse Opportunities

The youth unemployment challenge in South Africa calls for innovative solutions. The Baking and Barista programs were conceived as a response to this need, providing young people with practical skills and pathways to sustainable employment in the hospitality and culinary industries.

The Baking Program - A Taste of Success

The Baking Program at Sozo Foundation equips young talents with the art and science of baking. Participants learn the art of making mouthwatering bread, pastries, and confections. Through hands-on training, they acquire the skills necessary to pursue a career in the culinary field.

The Barista Program - Brewing Excellence

Our Barista Program focuses on the craft of coffee. Students learn the intricacies of brewing, including espresso preparation, milk frothing, and latte art. This program offers a unique opportunity to master the skills needed to excel in the bustling world of coffee shops and cafes.

Inspiring Success Stories

The outcomes have been nothing short of remarkable. Graduates of these programs have gone on to secure employment in bakeries, coffee shops, and restaurants, bringing a newfound sense of pride and financial independence to their lives.

To illustrate the impact of these programs, we'd like to introduce you to Lythin, who will share their personal journey and how the Barista program transformed their life.

Lythin Chinyahara

My name is Lythin, I’m 23 years old and from Zimbabwe. I grew up in Capricorn Community from the age of 10 years old. The way you view your community is up to you, it can either tear you upside down or bring the best out of you. I used to work opposite The Sozo Foundation at the local car wash and always saw students coming in and out.

After speaking to one of the students and being told about the courses, I thought I’m going to try it out and decided to do the Baking and Barista training. I experienced Sozo to be a loving place, you can go to Sozo in a bad mood but as soon as you walk through the gate your whole mood changes. Sozo has prepared me to be a very good Barista, I am able to work under pressure. They taught me to work neatly and to always be friendly to customers. I feel so confident in my ability that I can work anywhere and be able to do a good job.

After completing my training at Sozo I was applying for different jobs but to my surprise, I got a call from Sozo to come to this Café for an interview, and I got the job!

I want to make a positive change in my community and tell more people about Sozo. One day when I make it, I want to sponsor Sozo. Sozo turns lives around and makes a positive impact on communities’ lives. My motivation for the youth is to always pay it forward and not to look back!

Stay tuned for more stories of resilience, transformation, and the power of practical skills in shaping a brighter future for the youth of Vrygrond.

Thank you for being a part of our mission to create opportunities, empower young individuals, and enrich the community through the Sozo Foundation's Baking and Barista programs.

With gratitude and determination,

The Sozo Tribe