Refugees Volunteer to Keep African Restaurant Mu’ooz Open in Brisbane
Thursday, March 12, 2015
A not-for-profit Brisbane restaurant that helps female African refugees hopes volunteers and diversification will help keep the business running.
Mu’ooz in West End is struggling to keep its doors open with board members and staff volunteering their time and labour.
It began with 32 refugee women from Eritrea and surrounding African nations cooking and selling Eritrean cuisine at festivals.
The business expanded with the opening of a restaurant in 2008 in Moorooka, before relocating to West End in 2014.
The aim of the social enterprise is to create employment opportunities for African refugee women and to break down cross-cultural barriers.
Director Saba Abraham told 612 ABC Brisbane’s David Curnow that the current economy had put pressure on the business.
“We are hesitant to spend more at the moment as the general economy has had input into the slowing of business,” she said.