Working Women: #9 Kerry Elise Burns

Kerry Elise Burns at her home in Grahamtown where she cooks delicious vegan meals and treats.

Kerry Elise Burns at her home in Grahamtown where she cooks delicious vegan meals and treats.

Rhodes Student Kerry Elise Burns also takes a sustainable living approach to her work. She recently started a business called ‘Home Cooked Vegan Wellness Munchies’, which pretty much sums it up.
With a long time love for cooking, Kerry escaped Rhodes University’s Dining Hall food as soon as she could.“My friends and I started this vegan and wellness diet and I feel so much better,” said Kerry.

“My moods have stabilized, my skin has cleared and I’ve lost a lot of weight” she added.

Kerry had been toying with the idea since the beginning of the year and then, out of curiosity posted on the Rhodes SRC Facebook page to ask if anyone would be interested in ordering vegan food, she soon had several of positive responses.
Her menu ranges from cupcakes to masala curry and lasagna. She replaces dairy with blended cashews and nutritional yeast flakes for extra protein.
“It’s not just the health reasons, if you think about all the water and land it takes to grow meat and the ecological issues, then it makes a big difference how people eat,” said Kerry.

South Africa commemorates Women’s Month in August as a tribute to the more than 20 000 women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956 in protest against the extension of Pass Laws to women. This August, GAP is publishing a micro-profile a day on women working in Grahamstown in 2015.

About the photographer: Jane Berg is a photojournalist working in Grahamstown finishing her Bachelor of Journalism Degree at Rhodes University. She is the Media Officer for The Gender Action Project. You can see more of her work at and on her Facebook page.


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