Mama Rosie’s Bakery

On the 7th of February 2011, The South African Whole Grain Bread Project ( in partnership with Off The Mat Into The World and The Colette Foundation, opened its second bakery project in South Africa at The Baphumelele Children’s Home in Khayelitsha in the Provence of the Western Cape.

The idea for Rosie’s bakery came about when Rosalia Mashale (MD and Founder of Baphumelele) met Dan Leader (CEO of Bread Alone – USA) in Germany a couple of years ago.  Dan had met Rosie on a previous occasion and had continued to keep in touch with her, however it was only when they met in Germany again that the conversation turned to opening up a bakery at Baphumelele.

The aim of Rosie’s Bakery is to benefit the entire township community as well as the children at Baphumelele by making a nutritious bread product through a community run bakery. It is hoped that a better basic diet will allow for improvement in the children’s ability to learn and grow.   In addition to this the bakery has provided employment for members of the community.

SAWGBP partnered with MacAdams Baking Systems to design a 40 foot long self contained bakery within a shipping container.  The containers is long enough to provide space for storage as well as a window through which to sell bread to the public.

The goals of the  bakery are to feed the local community, ensure that any excess bread is given to local feeding programmes and other outreach projects and thirdly teach the bakers  to develop a business plan to sell the bread withing the local marketplace, hopefully making the bakery a viable and sustainable business.  The intention is to make the bakery self sustainable within a year.

So should you want to order some of Mama Rosie’s  fresh Bakery Bread, please come and place an order we will be happy to assist you, we promise you will not be dissapointed.