Manq’a chosen as “Best Small Businesses: Good Food for All”
Each winner was selected for how their business contributes to healthier, more sustainable and equitable food for the communities they serve; the strength of their vision for the future; and how they communicate the current and future impact of their business.
Manq’a is a social restaurant that celebrates national products. Manq’a works with young chefs trained in the schools of Manq’a in El Alto and Sucre. Manq’a has trained more than 5,000 vulnerable young people as cooks who revalue the agro-food identity of Bolivia and promote healthy eating in their family and their environment.
Manq’a, supported by ICCO (Part of Cordaid), has 13 gastronomy schools in Bolivia. 90% of the staff who work in the Manq’a restaurant are graduated from one of the Manq’a schools, so it’s also a space of work practice that strengthens the learning of the training in the schools. All profits generated through the restaurant are reinvested in the social project. Manq’a is scaling its model to Guatemala and Honduras in Central America.