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About Us

Tamu Bakery is a social enterprise dedicated to fighting gender-based violence throughout the world by empowering vulnerable and abused girls and women to speak out.


"Tamu" is a Swahili word meaning  'sweet and delicious' and 'soft and gentle'. Yana Spencer set up Tamu after surviving cancer and experiencing first-hand how baking can heal.


The concept behind our organisation is a simple one - our supporters order one of our delicious cakes, and the funds are used to run baking therapy sessions with vulnerable and abused girls and women around the world, in partnership with host organisations.


Yana Spencer, who runs Tamu Bakery, has many years’ experience managing projects for human rights NGOs and also provides consultancy to organisations in the areas of human rights and gender-based violence. In 2017 Yana was presented with a 'Women of Peace’ Award by the International Peacepower Foundation for her work.