Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Center helps African immigrants succeed

A Somali refugee, who has been here 15 years has opened a new bank in Minneapolis. He is helping other immigrants with small business loans and teaching them about finances too. - - Donna Poisl

By NEAL ST. ANTHONY, Star Tribune

Hussein Samatar, one of the Twin Cities' most improbable bankers, hung a new shingle on Riverside Avenue in Minneapolis last week.

Samatar, a Somali refugee who 15 years ago was struggling to learn English at the nearby Franklin Library, is moving his African Development Center (ADC) staff of eight into the refurbished former North Country Co-op building at 20th Avenue in the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, an immigrant crossroads since working-poor Scandinavians flocked to the area generations ago.
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