I grew up in Somalia, farmed in Kenya and emigrated to the United States in 2004 and became a naturalized citiizen in 2010. My father died when I was young. My mother raised me. She was a farmer raising goats, corn and beans. My brothers, sisters and I helped our mother on the farm.
In 1990 during the civil war in Somali I left for Kenya. I was a farm worker for 14 years and then emigrated to the US in 2004. I lived and worked in Minneapolis for nine years. Then in 2014 I moved to Silver Lake and started Chickenheadfarm. Now I want to add goat slaughtering to the operation and return to my roots.
This loan is special because:
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I have working on my plan to convert a portion of my barn into a goat processing/slaughter house for two years with the help of the Farm Extension in Minnesota.
The biggest challenge has been to find the funding for the project. Farming has many expenses and it’s a challenge to start from scratch.
There is a growing need in the Somali, Ethopian and Arab community for fresh, never frozen, goat meat in Minneapolis and St Paul. The need is confirmed by a University of Wisconsin study of the community. I have two grocery stores who have given me orders for twenty-five goats per week. My building plans have been have approved by the State of Minnesota and we have started construction.
Your investment will help will help an encore entrepreneur farmer realize his dream.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Adding wholesale goat meat sales to retailers will increase farm income and allow me to eventually hire additional workers.