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Fighting inequality in Colombia through a social enterprise cafe in Cartagena.  

Increasing education and employment, upskilling disadvantaged youth and giving them the skills, confidence and the “stepping stone” needed to progress their future.

The creators, three young Australian friends, Tom, Vanessa and Hannah, aim to provide a safe and comfortable space to facilitate learning, growth and confidence that gives quality, comprehensive training and employment to the local disadvantaged youth. Through practical experience, this cafe will provide them with opportunities and skills to gain future employment.

We have teamed up with a local not for profit foundation, FEM, who focus on sustainable development projects to empower indigenous and afro communities to dream of a better future. We are delighted to be working with them as we can  ensure our efforts have the best results in helping the community using their local knowledge and experience.

We endeavour to serve nutritious, high quality meals and beverages for tourists and locals to enjoy  and experience Australian cafe hospitality and culture while simultaneously helping those less fortunate.


How to Help

  1. Donate though our GoFundMe page, every dollar counts!
  2. Like, Share and Follow us on social media.  Click here for our Facebook page
  3. Contact Us
  4. Spread the word

 


Our Business Model

Located in the tourist centre of Cartagena, Getsemani, our cafe is focused on gaining national and international tourists clientele through a comprehensive marketing campaign through social media, publicity events and networking with other local businesses.

 Paid Internship Program 

Our bespoke short term paid internship program has been identified as the most effective way to help a larger number of people. Those in our program receive an induction, basic English lessons, weekly hospitality training and practical work experience with above minimum wage.

After the program they will either stay on with us in a managerial position for another few months to train the new participants or we provide guidance for them to move into other employment.


We’ve luckily caught the eye of a few newspapers, if you’re interested to read more, click on the links below:

Canberra Times  – Canberra duo opening Cafe Stepping Stone in Cartagena,Colombia 

El Tiempo Blogs – Consoidar las dos Cartagenas

El Universal – Un cafe de oportunidades