our MEMBERS

mera kitchen collective is a worker-owned cooperative. our business is rooted in the values of equity, solidarity, empowerment, and community.  

 
 
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LILIANE

Liliane comes to Mera Kitchen from Cameroon. She specializes in traditional Cameroonian dishes like tripe stew, spicy peanut sauce,  beignets and her famous "directeur general" or DG as they call it in Cameroon. 

Liliane received her MBA in Management from the European University in Cyprus and her Masters in Management in Developing Countries from the University of Paris Dauphine. She's a 2017-2018 Baltimore Corps Elevation Grant Awardee.

Whe she's not cooking, she teaches English as a second language, and runs around with her two, soon to be three, adorable children. Liliane is also an expert in "power posing" and loves to eat.

 
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IMAN

 Iman arrived in Baltimore on December 1, 2016 after she was told she could come to America from Jordan, where she was staying after fleeing her home country of Syria. Before the war made living her life in Syria impossible, Iman worked for years at the Four Seasons Hotel in Damascus. There, she specialized in traditional Syrian food made with both love and expert precision. 

While Iman arrived in America as a widow with no family to accompany her, her warm and generous spirit has drawn in many friends. Her love for food is apparent - she cooks even the most simple dishes with love and care. 

Iman's goal is to own her own restaurant and she remains excited about the opportunities available for female entrepreneurs here in Baltimore.  

 

AISHA

Aisha is an immigrant from Kuwait. She engages with Baltimore’s refugee community as a mentor and interpreter. She feels fortunate to be invited to these people’s stories, seeing glimpses of their journeys to America and views on their current situation.

She believes stories are powerful in understanding the past and changing the future narrative around our newest neighbors. Aisha serves as Community Outreach and Interpreter Coordinator at Mera.

Aisha provides the vital link to refugee and immigrant community, ensuring that at every step of the way, Mera’s decisions reflect the actual needs of the community it serves.

 
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EMILY

Emily came to Baltimore after working in the field with Doctors Without Borders. She brings over 8 years of experience in refugee and emergency contexts, including Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Haiti. She has seen the benefits of interventions that emphasize empowerment and self-determination and how they can build and sustain equitable communities.

Emily loves Baltimore and believes that we can find creative solutions to problems by working to promote ownership and equity, instead of traditional top-down systems of aid. With Mera, she is responsible for operations, finance, partnership and development.

She loves to eat and goes crazy for Chef Iman's rolled eggplant and Liliane's beignets.