Solomon Smith and Dr Mahamed Hashi

Solomon Smith and Dr Mahamed Hashi

Founders, Brixton Soup Kitchen

Brixton Soup Kitchen Founders Solomon Smith and Mahamed Hashi were inspired to start their South London community project having seen footage of the homeless during winter 2012. “Some people died and we couldn’t help but wonder if they would still be alive if they had warm food and clothes, so we hit the streets,” they recall. “We thought let’s not be complainers let’s be doers!”

The charity provides food, drinks, company and guidance to homeless people in Brixton and other areas of greater London. “Our story is not the traditional one; instead of setting up a funding pipeline and devising our objectives, we hit the streets on day one,” says Solomon. “Along the way we’ve received incredible support from the community and the project has gone from strength to strength.”

The social entrepreneurs have garnered a strong following on social media, gaining the attention of actress Joanna Lumley and other local celebrities. They’ve also captured the imaginations of companies, who help on ‘corporate Thursdays’. “We’ve had MTV, M&S, Citibank and RBS come down,” says Mahamed. “They always leave saying ‘wow I didn’t know this was going on under my nose.’ And they always come back.”

Solomon and Mahamed say they look forward to the day when the charity can wind down. “You don’t have to be part of the soup kitchen to give people food and clothes. If everyone looked after each other we wouldn’t need places like ours.”

Further reading

You don’t have to be part of the soup kitchen to give people food and clothes. If everyone looked after each other we wouldn’t need places like ours.
Solomon Smith and Dr Mahamed Hashi
Founders, Brixton Soup Kitchen

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