Caring for vulnerable children living in the slums and villages of India

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The Masala Mamas: Recipes and Stories from Indian Women Changing their Communities through Food and Love

In the Kalwa slum in Mumbai, India, a place that 200,000 people call home, where clean water and electricity are hard to find, harsh conditions often prevent little children from going to school. Sometimes, even children as young as 5 years old are sent to work -- all to make a few rupees so they will have something to eat.

But an amazing group of women is working to change that.

Meet the Masala Mamas. Sixteen women who live in the Kalwa slum who are dedicating their lives to making sure children eat and learn. 

Every morning, the women get together in a small kitchen and cook. They greet each other with blessings and bindis, and then they get to work. They cook hundreds of meals – hot nutritious meals from fresh ingredients and aromatic spices. They cook with extra special love, care and dedication. Because their customers are the most important people in the world: children.

Every day, the women deliver the food to the Love2Learn school run by the NGO Gabriel Project Mumbai, where kids know that if they show up to learn, they will eat.

It’s a win-win. Kids come to school where they learn AND they eat. The women are building a social enterprise that helps their families and their communities. And they do it while working to transform the lives of the children.

And most of all, they do all this while rebuilding what they lost when they left their villages: Connections. Friendship. Love. All through food!

Masala Mamas: Recipes and Stories of Indian Women Changing the World through Food and Love is a cookbook like you've never seen before.

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