Since opening her street corner bakery in Oakland, Calif., in late 2017, Reem Assil has been busy. Assil took out a $25,000 Kiva loan to invest in equipment and inventory for her first restaurant, Reem's California, which serves up Arab bread. It also acts as an anchor in the Fruitvale neighborhood, providing good jobs for those with barriers to employment, delicious nourishing food and a healthy dose of social justice. The restaurant has received glowing media attention and garnered awards across the country, including a Best Chef nod from the James Beard Foundation for Assil herself.
But Assil is just getting started. To celebrate the opening of her second restaurant in Oakland's Jack London Square, Dyafa, this week's Links We Like are all about bread. Whether in Northern California, Palestine or Poland, breaking bread builds community. Follow this link to find more Kiva borrowers seeking loans to fund food projects!
Breaking bread in Jack London Square: Dyafa opens in Oakland
Baked-in history: Who invented bread?
The power of bread: Can bakeries unify a divided Poland?
Like you've never seen before: Are these three women the next faces of American bread?