Ahmed came to the United States in 2003 as a refugee and supported himself by working in the food delivery business and offering freelance tax preparation services. In 2009, with the help of a microloan from BCNA, he launched his own import business, FoodAfrik. Through BCNA’s IDA Matched Savings program he was able to invest in inventory to grow the business. In 2015 he began driving for Uber, and now has a growing transportation business, Mbaye Transportation Services, with a fleet of 5 vehicles. He and his sons are already planning their next step; transitioning into the trucking business.
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