A loan helped me to purchase the equipment, supplies, and labor to get my small African vegetable farm started.

Kama's story

I grew up between Niger and Mali in West Africa. It is very hot there, and it was not very easy when I was growing up because I started working on a family farm when I was very young. Just 6 years old. We raised livestock and I helped. We did not have any businesses support at that time.
I lived in Niger and Mali until I was 24 when I came to the United States. My first priority was education, and I was thinking about studying electrical engineering. When I came to the US I found out that being an immigrant makes it hard to achieve these dreams. So, I took a different path. I became a vehicle mechanic and was working at autobody shops in the Bronx and Queens.
While I was working as a mechanic I started driving for Uber as well. During that time I went to a farmers markets because I enjoyed being around the farmers and the products and I wanted to start my own business. I met a staff member of GrowNYC and learned about the Farm Beginnings training program organized by FARMroots, GrowNYC. I took their business training course, and then went to Glynwood where I spent a season as a farm apprentice. I learned a lot about running a business and the production practices used in the United States.
Earlier this year I started renting a piece of land in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Today, I am a farm owner of Sampoo Kafu, which provides African vegetables to African communities in the greater NYC area. I am in my first year of production.

This loan is special because:

it helps a immigrant farmer bring the culture of West Africa to New York by purchasing the necessary irrigation system for his farm.

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About Big Dream Farm LLC, (d.b.a Soumppoukaffo farm)

Industry: Agriculture
Years in operation: New Business


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