Chirwa with participants on cakes baking mentorship

By Patience Abeck

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Universal Cakes (UC), Malawi’s outstanding production cakes firm is said to be uplifting low income earners for better life.

Established in 2016, the firm has been mentoring low income earners including single mothers, widows, young girls and among others in Malawi, Zambia and South Africa.

So far, in the quarter of 2020, the initiative has reached over 150 participants in Malawi’s major cities Blantyre and Lilongwe.

UC membership program focuses on cake baking, how to make different fondant flowers, free hand cake shaping, french macrons, royal icing techniques, wedding fundamentals and among others.

Ethel Meki, a Blantyre participant lauded the initiative saying will change her life for the better with the skills acquired.

Chirwa presenting a certificate to a Blantyre participant after cake baking course

Meki said has the capacity to bake cakes, scorns, doughnuts for her family income.

Another Lilongwe participant, Alice Chirwa of Chinsapo chipped in saying the mentorship program timely amid economic turmoil the country is going through.

“The skills acquired, I’m able to bake quality doughnuts and birthday cakes bringing food on my family’s table,” testifies Alice.

Universal Cakes’ founder and managing director Maxwell Chirwa Jnr told The Maravi Post that his firm propels to changes low income earners lives for the better.

Chirwa plans to reach more with quality production of cakes while uplifting upcoming bakers for an international market.

“The purpose of the program is to reach more low income earners economically. I want to see economic transformation in singles mothers, windows, and young girls through baking. The program is instilling seed into them not only now but in future,” says Chirwa.

He however bemoaned insufficient funding on the mentorship program as ingredients are costly for low income earners to participate.

“MK70, 000.00 fees for a participant covers a week-long training to whoever is interested on baking for income. But the fee is just too little when you compare with the material used. But we are doing this to support our sisters, mothers, aunts, nieces for the better.

Chirwa also complained of unpalatable criticism and jealousy among locals when carrying the initiative program.

 “We need to stand together in uplifting low income earners as the future in baking is so bright. We have many bakeries which will create jobs than unreasonable criticism and jealousy because someone is doing well in life”, urges Chirwa who is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.          

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