Let us tell you about Madina!
As you may know, running a small business in the United States can be challenging. Now imagine running your business without access to clean water, especially a restaurant. This obstacle is something that Madina Fanette understands well. Her restaurant, which she recently opened in her front yard, is a favorite among the locals. However, her journey to get there has been nothing but difficult.
Madina grew up in the second largest city in the country of Central African Republic, Berbérati, where she now owns Bébé Moukandjo. She’s always loved cooking and pursued her passion through two years of culinary training.
Madina’s Restaurant Bébé Moukandjo
In 2012, she was working at a nice restaurant in Bangui when her life was suddenly turned upside down by the Civil War. Over 20 percent of the population had to flee the country and Madina was part of that statistic. A restaurant patron and his wife helped her escape, but due to the uncertainty she was facing, she had to leave her baby behind with her mother.
FOR FIVE YEARS, SHE LIVED IN A REFUGEE CAMP…
in Benin, which was over 1,500 miles from her family. She opened her first restaurant and put herself to work as the cook. This past summer, she was finally able to safely return back to the Central African Republic and was reunited with her child.
With her entrepreneurial spirit still intact, she recently opened a small restaurant. She has found a niche doing delivery meals and wedding cakes. Her place is also quite popular for the soup she serves on Saturdays. She has the best in town!
As you can imagine, owning a restaurant in a third-world country can be difficult. Since she doesn’t own a stove, she does all of her cooking over a charcoal fire. There also isn’t enough reliable electricity to run a freezer, so she cooks the meals for her clients daily.