At first glance, Kahaila looks like a regular London café. Customers tap away on their devices or chat with friends, sip on hot drinks and eye up cakes. But this Brick Lane hangout isn’t just another hipster coffee shop.
The “coffee shop with a conscience”, is actually a non-profit charity that runs local community projects helping vulnerable women. One such project is ‘Luminary Bakery’. Which uses baking classes as a tool to break cycles of abuse, prostitution, criminal activity and poverty. By restoring women’s confidence and empowering them to build future careers.
To find out more about Kahaila or make a donation, visit the website here.
Kahaila also set-up Ella’s Home, which provides accommodation and support for women who have experienced trafficking and sexual exploitation, and Reﬂex, which works with women in Holloway prison, equipping them with the skills and confidence to realise their full potential via outreach sessions, mentoring and accredited education courses. The cafe supports a range of other projects, too.