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Creating decent jobs for migrants and refugees through social enterprise in Berlin

ILO Spotlight on Cooperatives

ILO, February 2017

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Summary :

What is Graefewirtschaft?

Graefewirtschaft is a social enterprise creating jobs for migrants and refugees in Berlin. It runs a range of businesses from catering for schools, canteens, kinder gardens and day care centres, to household services. Today, Grafewirtschaft, as a limited company, provides school meals for eight schools and up to 12 kindergartens, producing more than 2,400 meals per day. It employs up to 50 people, most of whom have migrant backgrounds or are refugees, as well as other disadvantaged persons.

Graefewirtschaft was founded in 2009 by long-term unemployed migrants and Germans.