New York City's Hot Bread Kitchen isn't only sending baked goods out into the world, it's giving women better opportunities in the restaurant industry. The bakery trains women over a nine-month period, teaching them everything they need to know about creating all kinds of bread. Then those women graduate from the program and enter the workforce earning, on average, 70 percent more than they did before the training, according to HBK's website.
This video features CEO and founder Jessamyn Roderiquez and a few bakers in training. Roderiquez explains why she does what she does at Hot Bread Kitchen: "I recognized that there was really an opportunity to help women get better jobs in the culinary industry, while at the same time meeting a demand in the market for really delicious breads," she says. The program is a success, but beyond giving women better job prospects, it also offers a healthy dose of pride.
"To be honest with you, I want to do a backflip in the store," baker Shadaya Jackson says, when asked to describe the feeling of seeing her bread in stores. "Because my hands made that. You know, so it's like, 'Wow, is this really being sold? Wow.' You know, it's just a shock, surprise, ecstatic. You know, it's just a lot of emotions in one."
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