Out and About: The Bread and Butter Project


TEN ALPHAS’ next instalment of Out and About is the Bread and Butter Project, a social enterprise in Sydney that trains asylum seekers in the art of baking!

The Bread and Butter Project was founded in 2011 by Bourke Street Bakery owner Paul Allam and his wife Jessica Grynberg after a trip to Mae Sot, where they taught a group of Karen refugee women to bake and establish a social business to support themselves.

The pair was inspired by this trip to create their own social enterprise back in Sydney. They established the Bread and Butter Project with the aim to employ and train disadvantaged members of the community. They decided to assist asylum seekers because they were told by advocacy groups that there were no training and employment opportunities for them.

The trainees come from all around the world, including Burma, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and have often spent time in mandatory detention before being offered a humanitarian visa.

Trainees are paid to learn a new craft, and are offered lessons in English literacy, numeracy and baking as part of that training. The Bread and Butter Project also seek out work experience for their trainees and assist them to find full-time work at the end of their training. The aim is to provide asylum seekers with stable employment to make their settlement in Australia as smooth as possible.

The Bread and Butter Project works as a wholesale bakery, supplying cafes, delis, markets, supermarkets and food delivery services around Sydney. 100% of their profits are reinvested into baker training and employment pathways for refugees and asylum seekers.

You can find a full list of their stockists here

The Bread and Butter Project welcomed TEN ALPHAS into their bakery to help us share their story and spread the word about the wonderful work they do. They also gave us plenty of bread samples to try, and take it from us… the bread is delicious!



Director, Producer, Editor: Madeleine King
Director of Photography: Jess Milne
Camera Operator: Faiyaz Ghazi



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