Total loan: $10,000


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Durham, NC, United States / Food

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A loan helped a landmark African restaurant overcome COVID and remodel to come back even stronger post pandemic.

Moses's story

My name is Moses Ochola and I operate The Palace International, a family-owned and operated restaurant started by my parents in 1989 that serves primarily Kenyan cuisine. I never set out to work in the restaurant industry. Initially, I studied international development, which took me throughout Sub-Saharan Africa where I worked on improving the lives of people in low-income communities. However, eventually my frustration with the bureaucracy and my love for music, food, and the arts led me back to The Palace. I realized the important role The Palace played in building, supporting, and teaching communities. Today, my love for community engagement work still drives my work at the restaurant. I hope this loan will not only keep the restaurant open but provide funds for us to remodel and evolve the way we do business post-pandemic.