Total loan: $10,000


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New York, NY, United States / Food

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Mona's story

My name is Mona, I was born in Somalia and grew up in Sweden. I developed a passion for cooking as a little girl when I was exposed to a variety of foods and spices that would fuel my love for Somali cuisine. I left my career in banking to pursue my dream! I have always been truly passionate about my Somali culture and its food- food that has the fusion of the rich exotic flavors of Somalia. I have been living in New York City for the past 15 years and noticed that Somali food was not introduced. I always knew I wanted to bring these exotic flavors to the states. Thus, I was driven to bring the taste of Somalia to New York City which is the melting pot of diversity. My passion and dream became a reality with the opening of Safari restaurant in 2015. I wear multiple hats at my restaurant; from owner, hostess, waitress and sometimes cooking.