Community kitchens in Vanuatu

Community kitchens in Vanuatu

In Vanuatu, new community kitchens are providing women with a source of income after Cyclone Pam. 

Nine kitchens were built in each of the nine communities we work with. The kitchens were built by local builders and are all managed and run by female community leaders. These kitchens give women a space to come together, cook with fresh ingredients, sell food, and learn from each other. They’ve also helped other community women and their families recover from Cyclone Pam, which is now approaching its second anniversary. 

A total of 600 women are benefitting from the community kitchens. “Today, women can now make money from the kitchens and it’s a big improvement for all the villages on the island,” says Chairman of Simanlo Island Council, Chief Willie Netai. 

These community kitchens have provided the women of Vanuatu an opportunity to earn an income and make a big difference in their communities. With high engagement from all members of the communities, from Chiefs to children, these kitchens will continue to thrive and succeed for the communities they're in.