is more than a restaurant!
The restaurant is more than just serving customers with the finest foods and drinks. Three ladies, Samira Messner, Founder, Masresha Ayele and Fetih Asrat as the Co-Founders, birthed Temsalet Kitchen to life with the drive to change the norms and empowering women in need of a hand to pull them up on a stepping stone to a ground where they could settle, so one day they too can lend a hand. The three ladies brought all they had to the table to build a firm foundation for a greater purpose. Though it was founded by the three ladies, later on, the circle was stretched out as more people including volunteers started contributing to the bigger purpose. Currently, it’s powered by a group of women with different backgrounds.
The name “Temsalet” which is to mean an “exemplary” in Amharic. The restaurant’s aim is to create work opportunities for women who are in need of financial support due to different causes in their lives. Temsalet staff provides various trainings from professional trainings like cooking, waitress services to life-skill trainings such as self-leadership, so that they may use it for a longer period of time than they could from just a financial hand out. They believe in creating the opportunity where the ladies could be their best selves. The whole Temsalet team works together creating the sense of one big family instead of a work relationship environment that includes, taking each others’ matters. The money that we receive from customers and support goes directly to an investment – Temsalet Women. They named the place “Temsalet” so it could be a model for the good deeds they do where others could take something out of.