Made possible by Hy's Steakhouse, Roger Walsh and John Glazema.


While Tamale continues to grow and expand, the food service industry has not changed in Northern Ghana. Although a few restaurants have been opened in the past few years, they are expensive for the local population and most have menus that cater to Westerners' taste instead of to the local population. With only a few restaurants in town that serve local dishes, there is an incredible opportunity to introduce a modern approach to traditional Ghanaian cuisine.

Create Change is starting a café converted from a shipping container, using a simple design that can easily be replicated so we can easily open additional locations. Commonly used for retail stores in Ghana, the shipping container provides a low-cost, modern space. In addition to the décor, the café will be known for its modern spin on classic local cuisine at prices that are affordable for working professionals.

Canadian design students are designing the café, paying special attention to the materials that are available in Northern Ghana and to the limitations of the tradespeople who live there. Built from a shipping container, which are readily available in Ghana, the café design will be simple to replicate, offering the potential for multiple locations.  Designed to be both modern and minimalist, the café includes both Ghanaian stylistic elements and images of Create Change's work empowering girls to promote the concept of social enterprise.


Around the world, there has been an ongoing conversation about the affordability of shipping container conversions, mainly because the cost of welding can be so high. Fortunately, there are highly skilled welders in Ghana who cost very little, making a shipping container conversion incredibly affordable. Converting a shipping container into a café should be less than $10,000 CAD to complete.

Create Change is working with design students to create a plan of how to convert the shipping container into a fully equipped restaurant.  With Tamale being a very challenging climate with an unreliable supply of water and electricity, the potential obstacles are being considered in the design process.


The goal is to create a design that could easily replicated and placed anywhere, ready to open up and function immediately. The café's design will definitely be a conversation starter as it will look unlike any other shop or food stall in town. It will be both minimalist and modern, but will include a Ghanaian theme in its decor, using its bright fabrics and colours as accents throughout. The café will also be decorated with images and facts about Create Change's work in the community, to promote Create Change's brand and to educate people around social enterprise and the positive effect it can have in society.



The following fantastic people & companies came forward to bring the café to reality:

  • Hy's Steakhouse
  • Roger Walsh
  • John Glazema


The café is planning to launch in July, 2017 with 12 café trainees.  Safe, healthy tasty meals will be available for the Tamale market as soon as the café has launched. 





12 high school graduates will be trained to operate the café, including training in cooking, food safety, customer service, and management. Girls will learn all aspects of running a café so they are equipped to pursue a career in food services.


The café is expected to net a profit within one year of operation. With the opportunity for the café to expand to include multiple locations, there is the potential for the café to support marginalized girls to continue their education every year. 



With little knowledge of nutrition, the café has the opportunity to educate the public on the importance of a well balanced diet. The café will also teach people about the concept of social enterprise, and the positive effect it can have in society.



Do you have experience in culinary arts and want empower girls in Ghana to become amazing chefs and experienced entrepreneurs?  Then consider volunteering with our team in Vancouver, Canada, or with our operation in Northern Ghana.