In the heart of Manhattan's theater district, a restaurant specializing in vegetarian food is open Parts of generosity. P.S. Kitchen not only donates all profits, but the company with a social mission also hires employees who return to society from prisons.
"This is an oasis where you come in and love the food, you love the environment, but you recognize – PS, we donate 100% of our profits. PS, we employ those who need a second chance. And PS, the food Because it's 100% plant-based, it's better for the environment and better for our consumers, "co-founder April Tam Smith told CBSN.
Smith, also managing director of a leading investment bank, reported that her life changed about 10 years ago when she first visited an orphanage in South Africa. A group of 12-year-old girls came to them with a letter and asked them to help them with a list of things – all for other friends at school.
"I just learned how generous they are and how contagious generosity is," said Smith.
She even considered quitting her investment banking job and working for a nonprofit organization, but she experienced a turning point when a friend asked, "What if you want to be on the floor? And what if you use this platform should use forever? "
It was then that she began to develop ideas about how to continue working on Wall Street, but also how to support projects with social impact.
The restaurant, which opened in 2017 and became profitable last year with sales of $ 3.7 million, is now working with organizations, including Defy Ventures, which provides entrepreneurial training to former inmates, and Justice Rising, a charity that Children in war support regions with education.
"In terms of job creation, we have now offered over 55 jobs for those who may need a second chance," said Smith, adding, "We have now established three different schools in New York [the] Goma area in the Congo: P.S. Goodness, P.S. Grace and P.S. Justice. We were also able to do numerous cancer screening through the Share Hope organization in Haiti. "
Smith, who emigrated from Hong Kong at the age of 11, said that not only was she an immigrant, she also had to live a lifestyle of radical generosity because of her beliefs.
"I believe that everything I have is given by God, so if it comes from either my family or God, or if it is a simple chance that I can move to the United States when others can't, then it just makes sense for me to share and give everything back, "said Smith.
While she stressed that there were numerous hurdles that she and her co-founders needed to overcome – including "cleaning up a very good amount" of her own savings account – Smith said the trip was "so rewarding."
"What I love is that there have been so many conversations where there have been people who actually came and wanted to donate to our nonprofit organizations or just said: & # 39; You know, I've always wanted X, Y and Z. And because I saw that you made this crazy leap in faith, I feel less crazy. And now maybe I can try it out, "said Smith.
"I think being the first to be crazy has really enabled other people in my world to think crazier, which is better for the world," she said.