Stories of change
Here are just some of the wonderful stories that have come from our growing Wonderbag community. This feedback shows how people are embracing the Wonderbag way of cooking and loving the delicious meals it creates.
Wonderbag helps small businesses
Zanele Mkwanazi who runs her own catering business and has been using her catering bags for 6 months and says: “I save a lot of time and money because I cook meals that take a very long time, like tripe, samp and beans and also steam bread. Since using my catering Wonderbag I am now saving R5000 per month on gas and my customers are happier that the samp is softer. My dream with my savings is to buy a house by the beach. I would like for my sister-in-law to have a bag so she can save money in her restaurant.” Zanele Mkwanazi
Watch our interview with Zanele @ the Zulu Hut restaurant.
Pretoria, South Africa
Catering Wonderbags were recently donated to charities in the Pretoria area. One of the recipients was Boschkop Primary School. Here’s what their head teacher, Mariette, had to say:
“I wish you were a fly on the wall to see all the excitement about the wonderful Wonderbag! My people can just not believe that this is possible. I didn’t believe that pap could be cooked like this, yet the results were unbelievable – lovely tasting, hot, fully cooked pap after just 90 minutes! Thank you once again for blessing us with this very special gift. You can be sure that we will use Wonderbag very often.”
Western Cape, South Africa
Feeding in Action provides around 3,300 people in the area of Stellenbosch, Western Cape, with either one cooked meal per day or regular food parcels. In May 2010 Natural Balance donated two catering Wonderbags to Feeding in Action. Liesel Koen, food manager at Feeding in Action, picks up the story:
“We boil 5kg of samp and 1kg of beans in about 20 litres of water for 30 minutes on the stovetop. The pot then goes into the Wonderbag and cooks overnight to serve our beneficiaries a lovely, appetising meal the next day. We view the Wonderbag as an integral and critical part of our daily activities and it is my goal to eventually have a catering Wonderbag at each of our feeding points.”
Wonderbag trés bon!
Wonderbag and the French business association have hosted a fundraising evening at Chez Gerard – a French restaurant in Johannesburg. All the dishes were prepared in Wonderbags and all the funds raised will be donated to the Thuthuzela Aid Community in Alexandra. We hope it will lead to many more successful collaborations
Wonderbag has also been championed by Margot Janse, head chef at the world-renowned Quartier Francaise restaurant and the only female chef in the world’s top 50. Margot has even introduced a Wonderbag dish on to the restaurant’s signature nine-course menu. “Our guests simply love it”, she said. “The waiters tell the story of the Wonderbag when they serve the ragout.” The restaurant has since ordered more Wonderbags as guests have started asking to buy bags to take home with them.
Wonderbag in Ireland
Wonderbag’s first community partnership project started in June 2011. Initiated by Chris Uys, who lives in the historic town of Abbeyleix in Ireland, the project involves the making and selling of Wonderbags by the local Women’s Development Group. The proceeds are then donated to Natural Balance, enabling us to provide Wonderbags to families in poor communities in South Africa.
Bogo in action
Through the generosity of so many UK consumers we are able to give bags in Africa to the people who need and appreciate them the most. Like the amazing women of Indawo Yethemba home.
“Our crèche workers Mayvis Bhengu, Selina Sithebe, Minah Magasela and Leah Dube were so excited to receive the Wonderbags and the demonstration on how to use it. The bag has freed them up from time spent cooking giving them more time with the kids. We rely heavily on donations to pay for all of our utilities so it is exciting when we are able to save money by conserving gas and electricity”. Joanna Graham Coordinator Indawo Yethemba Abandoned and Orphaned Children's Project.
Still getting positive feedback from our Rajah promotion.
Warm and encouraging comments continue to stream in from so many happy consumers who received bags in the Rajah Wonderbag promotion. This confirms that the fit between Rajah and Wonderbag is a successful one.
“Last year (2012) I bought a promotional pack from Shoprite in Kempton of the Rajah packs and I got a free Wonderbag. I work shifts and have three kids so it really saved me time and money”. Franazia Steele
"Eco-cooking with a Wonderbag makes revolutionary change simple.”
Sarah Collins, Wonderbag founder