Jasmine Kitchen is up and running in Greenville, South Carolina. While any new women-led restaurant opening is a delicious development, this one in particular is something to celebrate. That’s because it’s part of the social enterprise of Jasmine Road—a nonprofit organization offering resources for women who are survivors of sex trafficking and addiction.
Since starting in 2016, Jasmine Road has been cited for its innovative approach that relies on strategic community partnerships to heal women mentally, emotionally and physically.
According to Jasmine Road, “Jasmine Kitchen seeks to remove barriers to employment for survivors, and is a nurturing and safe gathering place for our entire community to share healthy meals together and be a part of something bigger than ourselves.”
Not only will the restaurant generate funding for the nonprofit, but it also offers a paid apprenticeship program for Jasmine Road members. The program allows members to experience different facets of the business, as well as explore and hone their own interests.
Under the lead of executive Chef Nicci Hughes, the restaurant offers a rotating mix-and-match lunch menu that feature fresh ingredients and inspiration from different cultures. The adorable old cottage in which the restaurant is located lends itself to the cozy and welcome environment Jasmine Kitchen wishes to create for everyone who steps through its doors.
Find out more about how Hughes plans to “give back to the community and give support to people” in this new endeavor in this Greenville News profile.