Our project has been featured again! The MN Women's Press March Issue interviewed our translator and participant, Mangala Sharma, for their theme "women's voices". The writer, Emily King, does a fabulous job capturing the spirit of the project. You can read the article here:
By Christopher Burbach
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
Lacking English, short on capital and missing such home-country staples as dried radishes, members of one of the newest refugee groups in the United States pooled their money to open a small grocery store in Omaha that caters to their needs.
More than 60 refugee families from the Asian kingdom of Bhutan invested money to start Druk Groceries, 822 N. 40th St. in midtown Omaha. They formed a limited cooperative association, an unusual type of business arrangement in Nebraska, but one that also is being considered by a handful of small towns who are losing their grocery stores.
At the Bhutanese grocery store, in a former office building one block from St. Cecilia Cathedral, managers aim primarily to serve the 900 to 1,000 people in the local Bhutanese refugee community with foodstuffs they're used to from back home. The shelves are stacked with bulk rice; hard, dried, canned and pickled chili peppers; dal (lentils and other legumes); curry powder and dried tamarind; free spinach and big boxes of Cheerios. The store also carries such traditional American staples as milk, eggs and baking soda, and hopes to attract a broader clientele from within the store's midtown Omaha neighborhood.
by Liana Chase
The report summarizing findings of my Fulbright research in the Bhutanese refugee camps of eastern Nepal (September 2011-June 2012).