The Soufra Project
Palestinian Mariam Shaar (left) grew up in a refugee camp in Lebanon. She and the food truck she launched in 2017 are the subject of Soufra, a movie executive-produced by Susan Sarandon that will be released on October 11.
Like many refugees, one of the challenges Shaar faced was finding a job. So in 2013, after getting funding from a nonprofit, along with guidance from food entrepreneur Kamal Mouzawak
(page 76), she started a catering company. Eventually she added her food truck, which brings Palestinian food to Beirut’s Souk El Tayeb market. Shaar’s growing business employs 25 to 30 women from the refugee camp.
To support Shaar’s project, go see the movie or purchase the cookbook, Soufra: Recipes from a Refugee
Food Truck. (Shaar’s employees get half the profits from the book.) Find info on both at
soufrafilm.com. (Use the code “eatingwell” to get 30% off the cookbook.)