Esther Mlebinge

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At the age of twenty, Esther experienced the loss of her brother due to conflict in her homeland, the Democratic Republic of Congo. Seeking refuge, she spent 17 years in a Tanzanian refugee camp. According to Esther’s account, life there proved to be extremely challenging with limited opportunities to earn money and secure sufficient food for her family. In 2013, Read More »

Helping Hands and a Heart of Gold

Beatrice holding a toddler

Meet Beatrice Nyiramutuzo from Congo Words cannot adequately express our admiration for Beatrice. With a captivating smile that lights up any room, she embodies kindness, intelligence, and unwavering dedication to her family. Boise is truly fortunate to have her presence. Upon arriving in the Treasure Valley in 2011 with her three children—an eight-year-old son, a four-year-old son, and a six-month-old Read More »

Reflections on life and owning a childcare business during the pandemic

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We had a chance to sit down with the dynamic, energetic Laylo Hamud from Somalia. It’s always a pleasure to hear her perspective on life, owning a business and keeping family close. Being a business owner during the pandemic In 2009, Laylo arrived in Boise from Kenya, where she’d been living in a refugee camp for 18 years. She started Read More »

Cooking his way to a brighter future


Meet Ratna Subba from Nepal Ratna Subba is the owner of the food truck Darjeeling Momo. He has an infectious smile and makes you feel at ease the moment you’re around him. He was born in Bhutan but fled from the country to Nepal with his mother and sisters in 1992 when he was 7. Like many other refugees from Read More »

Overcoming Challenges and Keeping Family First

Mulisa Teta reading to 3 children

Meet Mulisa from DRC Everything single-mom Mulisa does, she does for her family. She’s a devoted mother of four boys; her youngest is 16 and the oldest is 24. “I love raising boys,” she said. “My family is everything to me.” Mulisa, who is from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), came to Idaho in 2014. “We feel safer here,” Read More »

Getting a fresh start in Idaho

Solange Mathias hugs a child

Meet Solange Solange has an inspiring story. Years ago, Solange lost her whole family during the war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Despite being a young girl, small in size, she learned how to survive on her own through perseverance and her own personal strength. Over time, Solange made her way to the Gem State from DRC via Read More »

Amiri Osman – A Life Filled With Art

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On the canvas of life, each experience paints a different stroke. No one knows this better than Amiri Osman from Democratic of Congo (DRC). He’s a talented artist who came to Boise in 2016 and has been adding to the city’s arts and culture scene ever since. Amiri was just 12 when his parents passed away. He found a refuge Read More »

Meet John Nahimana from Burundi

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Since he was a teenager, John has always known he was good at cutting hair. He got his start helping his brother trim hair at a salon in Malawi when he was very young. Now, 17 years later, John is achieving his dream of opening his own full-service salon here in America. Called He & She Salon, John’s shop is Read More »

The Ingredients to Start a New Life and Restaurant

Photo Salam Bunyan of Tarbush Kitchen

Meet Salam Bunyan from Baghdad Salam Bunyan is an expert chef. He grew up in Iraq experimenting with different flavors and combining ingredients. He lived and worked around food in Iraq — including serving as a chef at a five-star restaurant in Baghdad — until 2006, when war forced him to leave his native country. In the early ‘90s, Salam Read More »