Imagine . . .

Global Kitchen
Posted October 7, 2009 from United States

A friend sends you a website link. You assume it will be another cooking and recipe website with videos of famous chefs in test kitchens. Instead, what you find is The Global Kitchen – a visual feast of women from around the world sharing recipes and connecting around food, family, travel and life. Immediately, you are drawn into the kitchen of Marta, a 42 year old mother of five from Peru, who is cooking her traditional dish of Arroz con Pollo. You can almost smell the aroma of spices and taste the chicken as you listen to her stories of secret family recipes and techniques handed down through generations. You momentarily forget that you are not half a world away, in Marta’s kitchen, getting a private cooking lesson.

When you click on another video you are transported to the open-air market in her village. As you accompany Marta while she does her daily shopping, she shares the challenge of earning enough to pay the fees for her daughters to attend school. She confides her dilemma between leaving her home and children to take a job in the city, or not being able to afford for her daughters to get an education. She explains that if she only had 300 soles ($100) to raise her own chickens, she could pay the girls school expenses and start a business.

You are so moved by her story that you want to help her. But what can you do to make a difference in Marta’s life? Then you realize you already have. By watching her video, you have joined The Global Kitchen family - a unique community of women empowering those in need worldwide. But you are compelled to do more to help Marta reach her dream, so you decide to provide a small loan. It is a fairly insignificant amount to you, but you realize it can change her life. This will help her become self-sufficient by starting a business selling eggs and poultry at the market. Afterward you imagine how excited Marta will be when she learns a woman she has never met, cares enough about her to provide the money she needs. And you reflect on how amazing and fulfilling it is, that you can directly impact a woman's life half way around the world.

"In this plate of food, I see the entire universe supporting my existence." (Zen Blessing from Thich Nhat Hanh)

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Jade Frank
Oct 09, 2009
Oct 09, 2009

Hi Wendy,

I love this concept and your description of the website. I cannot wait to meet Marta and witness her cooking, her life and her journey into entrepreneurship. I am hooked and cannot wait to see your vision blossom into this beautiful visual and important initiative. Thanks for sharing this with us and please continue to update us on your project!

Warm regards, Jade

Global Kitchen
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 10, 2009

Hi Jade,

Thanks for commenting, and especially for sharing your enthusiasm! I am very excited about getting this project off the ground, and will keep everyone updated - right here in my journal :-)

Wendy

Nusrat Ara
Oct 09, 2009
Oct 09, 2009

Definitely a very good project and way to make a difference. you should have posted the link as well.

Regards

Global Kitchen
Oct 10, 2009
Oct 10, 2009

Hi Nusrat -

Thanks for the encouragement! I am just starting my non-profit The Global Kitchen, so I don't have a website yet. I will post a comment when I do, so please check back to my journal.

Wendy

jodelight
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009

Wendy,

I love this idea. It's delicious and innovative! While connecting and empowering women around the world, our souls wills be fed with goodness. I'm so excited to hear how your idea evolves into a full blown movement. I can see it now...

inspired, Jody

Global Kitchen
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009

Hi Jody,

Every time I hear someone's excitement and enthusiasm about my vision it gives me new energy and motivation. And believe me, as much as I am committed to this, there are times I need a little boost!

Thank you so much!

Maria de Chirikof
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 11, 2009

One of my daughters is very into cooking and hangs out at other sites more then here lately but I think she will love to go to your site when it is up and running! Please keep us posted!

Maria

Global Kitchen
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2009

Thank you Maria,

I appreciate your interest and the fact that you took the time to write. If you have time, I would be interested to hear what websites your daughter likes and why. I am in the process of developing mine, and have been researching others. Feedback from users would be great.

Sunita Basnet
Oct 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2009

It might be an innovative way to empower women. Please update us about your link. We are earger to join and provide comments.

Global Kitchen
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 13, 2009

Yes, I will keep you updated. Thank you commenting!

Oct 12, 2009
Oct 12, 2009

Hi Wendy,

What an amazing idea on how to support economic opportunities for women! Not only does it provide much needed income in their lives, but it's a safe & dignified livelihood that already builds upon existing skills that most women have-- cooking. And, what a great way for women to share, cross-culturally, with one another, two of the greatest pleasures in life-- food & eating!

This reminds me of something Martin Luther King once said about how humanity depends on each other particularly the food and drink we consume.

"...before you finish eating breakfast in the morning, you’ve depended on more than half the world. This is the way our universe is structured, this is its interrelated quality. We aren’t going to have peace on Earth until we recognize this basic fact of the interrelated structure of all reality." -MLK

I look forward to seeing your project come into fruition.

With Metta, Madeline Sahagun

Global Kitchen
Oct 13, 2009
Oct 13, 2009

Hi Madeline,

Thank you for enthusiastic support of the project! I am working hard to make it a reality, and I will definitely keep everyone posted here on my journal.

And I love the quote you shared from MLK. So true. . .