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Taipei: Sweet Potato Mama Project with a Local Guide

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Support a local program in Taipei that helps single mothers launch their own sweet potato businesses. Experience an important food of Taiwanese cuisine on a visit to the warehouse of the Sweet Potato Mama project and learn more about the program.
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Duration 2 hours
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Experience

Highlights
  • Support a local program that helps single mothers launch their own sweet potato businesses
  • Learn about the tradition of the Sweet Potato Mamas and how they earn a living selling street snacks
  • Put your hands to work serving sweet potato snacks to locals on their lunch breaks
  • Taste sweet potatoes roasted by the Sweet Potato Mamas
Full description
Delve into the world of the sweet potato and help support a local program in Taipei. More than just a food, the sweet potato is part of Taiwanese culture, with cultural expressions about the vegetable and the theory that even the country is shaped like a sweet potato. Most of all, it is a popular street food snack - and that’s where you come in!

Check out the sweet potato street food scene and meet the women, known as the "Sweet Potato Mamas," who cook and sell the snacks. Go to a warehouse at the heart of the Sweet Potato Mama industry and learn about the Sweet Potato Mama Program and the equipment the women use every day in their businesses.

Learn about the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation, a well-known support organization in Taiwan that runs care facilities for underprivileged vegetative patients and operates community welfare initiatives. By providing the space, training, and equipment needed, the foundation helps Sweet Potato Mamas start their own businesses. The foundation also provides the first bag of sweet potatoes free of charge to help the business get going. Thanks to these necessities, the women can typically start their own business within a week. 

After your warehouse visit, join the Sweet Potato Mamas and see how they work, helping them sell sweet potatoes on the street. Between 12:00 and 13:00 is break time for the people who work in this area, but it’s peak hour for the Sweet Potato Mamas. Interact with all the locals who stop by, and chat with the Sweet Potato Mamas about their life. 

Once your shift is over, you’ll be treated to a sweet potato roasted by a Sweet Potato Mama herself!
Includes
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Sweet potato meal
What’s Not Included
  • Additional food or drink
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Tips and gratuities for the guide

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Meeting point

Shandao Temple MRT Station, Exit 5 (Blue Line), Taipei.

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Important information
Know before you go
• All proceeds from this tour will be donated to the Genesis Social Welfare Foundation’s Sweet Potato Mama Program.
• Please dress comfortably for walking through a warehouse and working outdoors
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