Because of Corona virus, times are tough for everyone but especially employers and expats with a small gastronomy business in Berlin. I have lived in Germany for over 9 years now, around a quarter of my life. Yet, I would lie if I said that it makes living here easy. My shop is a sustainable business where I can offer a fair salary to experienced, reliable and kind baristas working for us.
My personal income after years of hard work was modest but sustainable - but I have never been in a position to financially plan ahead even if I knew the world-wide pandemic was coming.
Here is the short background to help everyone understand how much more of a social engagement it is to run a small local business here rather than a great source of income. I am actively securing rights and income of my employees - but my own existence is not secured or supported in any way so far.
I asked my cafe landlord for a reduction of rent for the time when we need to be shut down - no reply. Governmental support programs for small businesses have not launched yet and there is no guarantee I will be eligible for them. I have rent and bills to pay like the rest of us. I am positive about getting the opportunity to get some financial support for maintaining and re-opening the cafe after the pandemic is over - but there is no personal support available to me running a small business. I am not unemployed and I do not pay myself a wage. I am somewhere in the middle, where I have obligations towards other people but no support.
If you are in a place to place any donation to support my cause and help an independent, local specialty coffee shop stay around, that would mean a lot.
I very much appreciate it and believe that in times like these, we have to support each rather.
- Jessica Greene
- Johannes Mayer
- Edward Burch
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