HummusTown: the no-profit which supports the syrian refugees

HummusTown is a non-profit organization born with the aim of providing a decent income for Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Italy. The project was born in 2018 thanks to the ambitious vision of Shaza Saker, born in Damascus to Syrian parents and resident in Rome for over 40 years.

Watch this short video to learn more about our story!

Through the employment of refugees, HummusTown seeks to promote intercultural exchange through food. Among the many Syrian specialties, we mainly produce and sell hummus, a popular Middle Eastern dip made from chickpeas, tahini and other ingredients.

Our Mission

“HummusTown aims at providing a decent income for syrian refugees who are looking for asylum in Italy “

Shaza Saker
(Co-Founder of HummusTown)

As the number of Syrian refugees has declined over the years, HummusTown adapted its declaration of interests to support other vulnerable communities, including refugees from countries other than Syria, victims of domestic abuse and violence from all backgrounds. It also supports economically marginalized Italians who have most suffered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

HummusTown team

About us: HummusTown in the news

Food for inclusion

"Hummustown cooperative company"

31 March 2021
"Conqueror Rome has been conquered... yes from Syrian food, here's Hummustown"

Gambero Rosso

24 March 2021
"The history of Shaza and Hummustown: Syrian delivery in Rome for the integration of refugees"

La Repubblica

12 February 2021
"Aleppo in Rome, guess who is bringing dinner"

Corriere della Sera

10 January 2021
"Rome, from refugees to cooks in the Syrian cooking startup"

Luciano Pignataro

11 July 2020
"Hummustown, Syrian cuisine of excellent quality in the homes of Rome"


31 May 2019
"The Iftar of Hummustown: Food as a bridge between two cultures"

St. Stephen's School

16 November 2018
"Meet the founder of Hummustown!"

Italia Che Cambia

31 July 2018
"Hummustown: in Rome catering that creates jobs for Syrian refugees"

La Repubblica

20 June 2018
"Hummustown, in Rome the catering of Syrian refugees: "with cooking we find dignity again"

Rai News 24

1 May 2018
"Work and cookers, stories of dreams and projects in the kitchen"


16 April 2018
"Hummus Town: where eating hummus means helping to improve the world!"

Il Fatto Quotidiano

16 March 2018
"Seven years of war in Syria and a hope in Rome"

Professional Woman's Association

7 February 2018
"JCU's Alumna Shaza Saker's initiative for Syrian refugees – Hummustown"

John Cabot University

22 January 2018
"JCU Alumna Shaza Saker Launches Hummustown to Help Syrian Refugees"

Dazebao News

11 April 2017
"Beyond prejudices, the universe has no walls: Shaza Saker Progetto Hummustown"

Wanted in Rome

29 March 2017
"Hummustown: Levantine dips by Syrian refugees"

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