HOW IT ALL STARTED
In February 2016 a group of motivated students in Groningen saw a social problem they wanted to solve: many women with a migration background get into social isolation after completing their official integration course. They often find it difficult to find a place in the labour market, despite the fact that they have an education or master several languages. To solve this problem, the idea arose to create a platform for cultural exchange between Stadjers, students and women with a migration background. What better way than through cooking and eating together? United Kitchen was born! Until the summer of 2017, Marieke, Svea, Lea, Hannah, Paul and Juan worked out the concept. The third student team is now at the helm and United Kitchen has been around for almost three years already!
These days, United Kitchen organises a multicultural diner once every month in the centre of Groningen. During these nights our women will prepare a three course menu for about 40 guests. The menu consists of dishes from the native cultures of the women. In this way, United Kitchen wants to stimulate the cultural exchange between our guests and the women in an informal setting. Moreover, our guests can enjoy a lovely meal while our women can get a glimpse of what it’s like to be working in a Dutch business. Besides providing work experience, we help our women in another way. The profits we generate will go back to the women in the form of personal assistance with their integration process. This means that we have individual meetings, and offer financial assistance where necessary so the women can complete trainings or courses. Hence, if you want to enjoy a delicious three course menu and if you want to be part of this integration process at the same time, we would like to invite you to one of our international dinners!