Refugee-run restaurant Baobab Fare wins $50K in Hatch contest

Two Burundian refugees who plan to launch the Baobab Fare East African restaurant, juice bar, and grocery store in West Village won $50,000 grand prize in the Hatch contest.
 

The husband and wife team of Nadia Nijimbere and Hamissi Mamba fled political violence in Burundi several years ago and stayed in Southwest Detroit's Freedom House while seeking asylum. 

Via press release, Hatch wrote that Baobab Fare beat out more than 160 entrepreneurs who submitted to the 2017 "Shark Tank-style" contest and will receive the grand prize of $50,000 from Comerica Bank, and more than $200,000 in pro bono support from Hatch Detroit and its partners.

 

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