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Community Health

Growing Resources in the Somali Community

Isuroon, an organization that promotes the well-being and empowerment of Somali women, recently transformed a warehouse in South Minneapolis into a food shelf. Given the stark poverty of Minnesota’s Somali community, this food is needed. But Isuroon’s vision is much larger. As executive director Fartun Weli explained, the food shelf is part of the concept for a community space where she hopes Somali Minnesotans will someday gather for everything from social events to immunizations.

We caught up with Weli on a spring day just before Ramadan to discuss the new food shelf and other innovative and collaborative projects underway in the local Somali community.

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