SOUFRA is a wildly inspirational story of intrepid social entrepreneur, Mariam Shaar, who has spent her entire life in a refugee camp near Beirut, Lebanon. Against all odds, Miriam sets out to launch a catering company along with a diverse team of fellow refugee women who bring to the table their grit, humor and recipes from their respective homelands. Together they heal the wounds of war through the unifying power of food.
Directed by Thomas Morgan
National Non-Profit: Alfanar’s Soufra Fund
Established in 2004, Alfanar is the first venture philanthropy organization working exclusively in the Arab region. Alfanar’s goal is to ensure that the poor and vulnerable, especially women and children, are able to access the education and opportunity they need to lead productive and dignified lives. They work to help social enterprises improve lives through financial stability, supporting grassroots organizations and helping them achieve lasting social change in their communities.