Rebecca Stewart has worked in not for profits around the world.Â From anti sex-trafficking in Delhi, and reproductive family health in Fiji to Jesuit housing, all of these roles have been about making a difference.Â Now she has founded Pomegranate Kitchen in Wellington, a catering business – where the cooks are all from refugee backgrounds.Â Â We talk about social enterprise, described by Rebecca as “charity that makes its own funding” and how we could be better at celebrating good news stories.
Jobs that make a difference
So much injustice…the privilege of inequality
Systemic change that isn’t a bandaid.
Pushing back in a loud way against injustice
Sustainable: For us itâ€™s about financial sustainable being a self funded charity as well as human sustainability, so upskilling the cooks so that they either stay with us or continue with the growth of their careers.
Success: On a personal level, recovering from cancer was a huge achievement.From a business point of view moving into a new kitchen of our own, as well as the ongoing interpersonal relationship within the business. A real family.
Superpower: Empathy, my superpower is my connectedness with other people, thatâ€™s why Iâ€™ve been able to do Pomegranate in the way that Iâ€™ve done it, Iâ€™ve been able to connect with the cooks on a certain level, getting them excited to help out.
Motivation: The people that I work with, I want to keep creating and supporting a life for my workers that is enjoyable and rewarding for them. Â
Activist: Iâ€™m happy having uncomfortable conversations and staying true to my values, but Iâ€™m not the type of person who would be in the front row the the protest.
Challenge: With this new kitchen we are scaling everything up, so we are about to run a three hundred person lunch for TradeMe, so there are a lot of upcoming challenges that will be on a much greater scale than before.Â Â Novelty, doing good.Â
Miracle: Ideally world peace, resulting in no more refugees being relocated. On a more local realistic level, doubling the New Zealand refugee quota which is well within the countries capacity would be awesome!
Advice: Be kind to each other.