What if you could change a community for the better — just by buying tamales? That’s what The Tamale Project is about. It’s pairing people who have a passion and skills in a community with resources and a marketplace that — all together — work toward the common good.

About Us

The Tamale Kitchen is a social enterprise, that is to say, a business for the greater good, established in 2015 by a former corporate trainer and a local business man who became its angel investor. The Tamale Kitchen is not a profit based initiative. The revenues are reinvested in the women and families. The Tamale Kitchen is not a physical space (yet). The Tamale Kitchen is so much more than just selling authentic, hand-made tamales. The Tamale Kitchen was created to invoke images of faith, family, culture and values learned around the proverbial kitchen table. The Tamale Kitchen is the working definition of the gender dividend. Place money in the hands of women and they make different choices than men, focusing on faith, family and community. The Tamale Kitchen ladies are from Northeast Kansas City and worship at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. The church provides its blessing, accounting support and space when needed. The Tamale Kitchen supports the small local business community of Northeast Kansas City, Missouri, specifically Gringo Loco. The Tamale Kitchen has the support of numerous community partners, including Episcopal Community Services, Holy Rosary Credit Union, the Northeast Chamber of Commerce and the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The Tamale Team

Becky Gripp

Founder, Becky Gripp has worked with many well known corporations and non profit organizations, visiting 46 states and addressing over 40,000 individuals. In addition to overseeing The Tamale Kitchen, Ms. Gripp is the Program Director for NextStep KC Small Dollar Loan Program and provides supportive financial education throughout the community.
Ms. Gripp is a trainer by trade and a natural educator. She is a passionate, enthusiastic speaker, known for her interactive style.

Greg Watson, Director of Operations

Watson is a local business owner specializing in custom logo apparel and international export and import.

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