Akleh is a social entrepreneurship component of the Food Heritage Foundation that received a grant funding from the Promoting Active Citizen Engagement (PACE) program (http://www.msiworldwide.com/project/advancing-civic-engagement-in-lebanon/) funded by the United States Agency for International Development USAID (http://www.usaid.gov/lebanon).
The Food Heritage Foundation, with other 36 applicants to Nabad social entrepreneurship competition (http://www.nabad-arcenciel.org), was shortlisted and then selected to receive grant funding to establish a traditional community kitchen in the heart of Beirut that will generate income for women and small producers in rural areas. For details on the awarding ceremony: http://www.food-heritage.org/newsdetail/4
With support from PACE and the Nabad incubator, Akleh seeks to revive culinary traditions in urban settings while encouraging local production and improving the livelihoods of women and small producers in rural areas across Lebanon.
Over a period of 5 months, the FHF team worked on rehabilitating and equipping the foundation’s kitchen at Zico House – Spears, partnering with small producers in rural areas in order to secure a regular supply of high-quality raw ingredients to the kitchen and contacting women cooks who will be involved in the kitchen.
“Akleh” is an active point working towards the revival of the Lebanese traditional food heritage by preserving traditional recipes from all over the country that are customized according to healthy nutrition standards. Akleh proposes a selection of traditional food and special mouneh products to the urban population (individuals, companies, institutions, schools etc.) by creating livelihoods to women in rural and urban poor areas.