It’s not everyday that one has great coffee at a coffee shop with a difference alongside 30 Malawian women all crocheting beautiful cotton bath mats of the highest quality. New Mensch Network member Amanda Solomon and her mom, Gill, of Hangar 18 are making this happen… and it’s wonderful. Mensch did the tour.

Hangar 18 is a project born of passion. Passion to help others, passion to serve great food, passion to help people relax, passion to empower people. It is a Craft and Coffee Shop in Milnerton that supports a social upliftment programme providing outcomes based work in a safe and comfortable environment.  Says founder, co-owner and July 2017 Hero for LeadSA winner Amanda Solomons, “this project has grown into more than we could have hoped for, with more than 30 previously unemployed ladies all earning a living by creating beautiful items in the Hangar. The ladies are trained in the skills of creating what is needed by the client, and provided with the materials and space to do so”.

Continues Amanda, “our motto is WEAVERS WITHOUT BORDERS which means we don’t ask any questions. If someone needs to feed their family, keep a roof over their head, or simply put a sandwich into their child’s lunchbox, the team trains them and provides them with the skills to provide, through our fabulous clients, for their family”.

The coffee shop and restaurant help to keep this social enterprise sustainable. The Hangar has an affordable, delicious menu where food is served with a smile, whether you decide to sit down and play a game of backgammon, colour a mandala, or just read the paper, they do their best to make sure you are relaxed on your lunch hour. Visit Amanda’s Mensch Member Profile to find out more.