With a monthly revenue stream, the fund set up by Small Change will be used to create lasting and sustainable opportunities at a grassroot level, improving the lives of individuals or small groups. Sticking initially with the F&B sector, the first project will be the sponsorship of scholarship funding for trainee chefs at Streets International in Hoi An.
Itself a successful and innovative social enterprise, Streets International develops and operates sustainable programmes for street kids and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam, preparing vulnerable, orphaned or disenfranchised young people for rewarding careers in the hospitality industry. With a training platform that offers hands-on learning, observation and practice, course participants are equipped with the skills needed for work in the F&B and hospitality industry.
Set up in 2009, Streets offers a comprehensive 18-month programme of vocational hospitality and culinary training. Streets has a 100% track record to date, graduating more than 250 trainees, many of whom now have careers at five-star hotels and restaurants, and mostly hired within 60 days of graduating.
Once Small Change-sponsored trainees complete their programme it is hoped that partner restaurants will offer them employment in Ho Chi Minh City and support them as they embark on their new careers.