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Hamissi Mamba is co-owner of Baobab Fare, an East African Restaurant Group in Detroit. Mamba was born and raised in Burundi, where he was a manager in sales and marketing. He came to America in 2015, finding asylum at Freedom House Detroit and learning English for the first time. While working full-time Mamba graduated from 10,000 Small Business Goldman Sachs and ProsperUs’ entrepreneurial programs. In 2017 Mamba and his wife Nadia Nijimbere embarked on the journey of opening a restaurant that could give back to the community that welcomed them and their two daughters. They won Hatch Detroit and opened Baobab Fare in April 2021. In 2021 Baobab Fare was awarded The Best New Restaurant In America, in 2022 The Best New Restaurant In Metro Detroit and also became a James Beard Semifinalist for Best Chef. In addition to this, Mamba is a philanthropist who is into giving back to communities that have molded him to this far. He extends most of his support to Freedom house, their first family home when they got to the USA as well as supporting communities of vulnerable women and upcoming creative youth groups back in his home country Burundi. He holds a special place in his heart for vulnerable women and Youth. Since 2021 He has been able to contribute to a center that supports young girls to go back to school after unwanted pregnancies in Bujumbura. He hopes to reach a maximum of women and Youth in Africa by supporting them to reach full autonomy through various contributions,coaching and encouragement to explore their full potential.

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