The Women’s Bakery

The social enterprise fighting poverty with Bread.

In 2018, social entrepreneur Markey Culver stood in front of an audience at a TEDx Gateway Arch event in St. Louis. She was there to speak about her social enterprise, The Women’s Bakery—and beside her on a chair rested a loaf of bread.

What do you see when you look at a loaf of bread?” she asked the room. She gave them a couple of options for responses—joy at the idea of a buttered snack, guilt at the prospect of exceeding their carb limit—before she volunteered a third possibility.

When I look at this loaf of bread,” she said, “I see power. Power to change the world.”

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