Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Welcoming refugees. Empowering Women. Crafting delicacies. #KaramKitchen
Welcoming refugees. Empowering Women. Crafting delicacies. #KaramKitchen
253 backers pledged CA$ 25,748 to help bring this project to life.

About

CA$ 25,748

253

Hey there! You might remember us from our Kickstarter last August when 247 incredible supporters rallied around us to help us create a catering company to employ Syrian women who were newcomers to Hamilton, Ontario. Read about what we've been up to in this SAVEUR piece and listen to our chefs on CBC's The Current.

Recent changes in US politics have made the American dream smaller. As a Canada-based business, we want to send the message that we don't need to exclude people from achieving the dream, we need to dream bigger! Our dream is to partner with even more newcomers, and vitalize the Hamilton area with delicious Syrian food, while supporting the wonderful people of Syria. In order to do this, we need a van. Will you join us in helping to make the dream bigger?

We are proud of the business we've been building. Since August, we have hired two additional newcomer women to serve as chefs on our team and we haven't yet had to go into any debt as a business. We've been scrappy and tried to keep our costs as low as possible so that our chefs can receive a fair hourly wage (plus gratuities!). Explore our website to see what we've been up to and read about our team!

Now, we really need a delivery vehicle! Up until this point, we've been using Brittani's car for all of our deliveries and grocery shopping, but we've reached our capacity! One small vehicle means we can only take one delivery order at a time, limiting the income potential for our chefs and our overall ability to grow as a business. We're asking you to partner with us to help buy this van. Our chefs are incredible at cooking food for large gatherings: with your help, we'll be able to deliver their masterpieces to the audiences they deserve, with our chefs earning more money with the increase in hours! In turn, we hope to be able to grow and hire even more newcomers in the long-term.

Why now?

Our need for a company vehicle has grown increasingly apparent these last couple months, but we weren't sure just when we'd start the fundraiser. Then we were saddened to see the announcement of the new travel ban intended to be implemented in the USA on March 16. 

We are so relieved that the ban has been temporarily restrained by a federal judge from Hawaii! But it remains incredibly important to take action, first and foremost by lobbying your representatives concerning the ban to show your support for refugees during this volatile time. Beyond overtly political actions, though, it’s important to respond by living out our ideals of inclusiveness in little ways, right where we are. We’re trying to do that by fostering positive, mutually giving interactions between new Canadians and old ones. If you, too, are looking for further ways to demonstrate your support for inclusion of refugee newcomers, one way would be to support these amazing newcomer neighbours to the North! 

The Funds

  • We've been able to price out quality used cargo vehicles in the $19,000 range. The specific one we're looking at purchasing is $19,215.65. 
  • The remaining buffer money will help us purchase our branded items, pay our Kickstarter fees (5% of the total), credit card processing fees (3-5%), and leave a buffer in case the specific vehicle we are hoping for is no longer available.

We've got our eye on a used 2015 Ford Transit Connect Cargo van, but if you have leads on solid delivery vehicles in Ontario, please let us know!

What happens if we raise more?

That sure would be wonderful! We'll announce specifics if that happens, but we will need money to outfit our vehicle with our logo, build in shelving, and cover insurance costs. We'll be sure to post about our further plans if we reach our initial goal!

Please join us. Partner with us to increase opportunities for newcomers, not shrink them.

Risks and challenges

Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing funding platform. If we don't reach our goal, your credit card is not charged and we receive none of the funds!

We're proud of how we used our initial Kickstarter funding. With that money, we were able to purchase all of the kitchen supplies we needed to get this business off the ground. We paid for our business licensing and permits, initial marketing materials, and starting wages for our chefs. We were able to pay for our chefs to take their Food Handlers Test in Arabic. We purchased a food warming delivery bag that helps us keep food hot and delicious on deliveries.

With the money we've earned as a business since then, we've been able to keep the business afloat; purchase additional supplies, including a commercial meat grinder; and hire two more chefs, as well as an accountant to keep us on the right track! We've been able to pay to incorporate as a stand-alone business instead of a partnership. We feel we have been good stewards of our money thus far and will continue to be with these Kickstarter funds.

All projects have their risks! There could be delays with the shipments of our rewards -- the pens, tote bags, and aprons -- but if that happens we'll be sure to update you every step of the way. We do still have 13 of our original 247 rewards to fulfill from the initial Kickstarter, but we've made several attempts to contact those backers to coordinate, but haven't had luck yet. (If you're one of them, be sure to reach out to us!) We'll do our best to be transparent and open every step of the way!

Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 20 or more About $15

    Pen + Thank You

    For $20, our team will send you a card expressing our gratitude and a Karam Kitchen pen!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    12 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $30

    Baklava + Thank You

    Live in the Hamilton area? For $40, our incredible chefs will bake some baklava just for you. When our project is funded, we'll send you an email with details on how to pick it up! Will serve 4-6.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    43 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 40 or more About $30

    Tote Bag + Thank You Note

    $40 gets you a custom Karam Kitchen tote bag. Perfect for grocery shopping! We'll tuck a thank-you note inside.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    23 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $45

    Apron + Thank You

    Want to feel like one of our chefs in your own kitchen? Get your own Karam Kitchen apron! We'll also write a note expressing our thankfulness.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    15 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 90 or more About $68

    Bundle! Pen + Tote + Apron

    Get all the rewards listed so far to really show your love of Karam Kitchen -- while writing, shopping, and cooking! If you're in Hamilton, we'll also have some baklava ready for you.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Ships to Only certain countries
    14 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $75

    Complete Feast for Two To-Go

    Back by popular demand, for $100 pick up a meal for 2 that will include some of our most popular menu items and a sweet dessert to end your meal. It's a perfect date night idea that also supports our business!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    37 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $113

    Freezer Meals for New Arrivals

    If you'd love to share the goodness of Karam Kitchen meals, but maybe don't live in Hamilton, consider sponsoring freezer meals for newly arrived families. We will be focusing on families from countries affected by the travel ban -- Iran, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Yemen, and Libya. We'll send you a note expressing our thanks and also update you when a family has received their meals!

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    21 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Reward no longer available

    Pledge CA$ 350 or more About $263

    In-Home Cooking Class

    Do you want to learn from some of the best chefs around? For $350, one of our chefs will lead a private cooking class in your home for 6 people. We'll bring all the groceries and demonstrate how to make authentic Syrian meals. If you live outside of Hamilton, send us a message and we'll let you know if we're able to travel to your location.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    Reward no longer available 5 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $376

    Micah House Meal + Thank You

    We so enjoyed this reward during our first Kickstarter and are happy to offer it again. Micah House is a home in Hamilton for refugees seeking asylum from danger, terror & persecution. They rely on volunteer meal hosts to provide dinner to their guests on weeknights, and with your assistance we can help fill the gaps in their schedule!

    We'll send a thank-you note and update you with details once the meal has been enjoyed by guests.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    6 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $376

    Dinner Party!

    If you live in the Hamilton area, we'll work with you to design a dinner party for 15 guests. Your meal will be served family style and will include dessert and hot beverages of your choice! You'll have an opportunity to meet our chefs as they set up a lovely meal in your home.

    Less
    Estimated delivery
    10 backers
    CA$
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (30 days)