The Forge Community Loan Fund and Canopy NWA (a refugee resettlement agency) have partnered to help boost refugee-owned businesses in NWA.
KUAF's Ozark's at Large
caught up with Forge's inaugural client, Eca Mukandama, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo, who is opening an auto sales and repair shop in south Fayetteville.
A refugee for over 16 years, Mukandama studied to be a mechanic in Burundi. When he moved to NWA, he began working with Ozark Regional Transit operating on public transit vehicles. Mukandama reached out to Canopy for support and established Mossi's Auto Sales and Repair at 563 MLK Blvd in Fayetteville.
Canopy has settled over 195 federally-vetted global refugees and helps individuals and families secure affordable housing, education, and work. Listen to the full story HERE