The IRC in Atlanta’s innovative Microenterprise Development (MED) program provides financial coaching, lending services—including business start-up loans and credit-building loans—and training and technical assistance for refugee-owned businesses in Georgia. Since the launch of the MED program in January 2018, the IRC in Atlanta has supported refugee entrepreneurs to open 67 new businesses and worked with 76 individuals to strengthen their existing businesses.
Much of the MED program’s success is made possible by Georgia community members, like you, who support these growing businesses—as volunteers, donors, interns, mentors and patrons. We know that refugees bring many skills, strengths and talents with them as they rebuild their lives in the United States and we are honored to support these entrepreneurial and resilient individuals in the pursuit of their dreams. This World Refugee Day, please join us in supporting the five refugee-owned businesses highlighted below—Aleppo Kitchen, Kabul Market, Kababji Grill, EM & EM Asian Market, and Rudy’s Food Art & Catering Service.
Barwin Aibesh is the owner and chef of Aleppo Kitchen. Aleppo Kitchen makes a wide variety of Syrian food; some of the most popular items include baklava, baba ghanoush, hummus, fattair and makdous. Barwin enjoys sharing food from her native country with her neighbors in her new home of Clarkston, and she hopes to one day open a restaurant and be able to serve even more people!
To experience and enjoy some of Barwin’s amazing dishes, you can contact her via Facebook or by visiting one of her regular farmers market stalls:
- Oakhurst Farmers Market | Saturdays 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.
- Avondale Estates Farmers Market | Sundays 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
- East Atlanta Village Farmers Market | Thursdays 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Baseer Basil is the owner of Kabul Market, located in Decatur. Kabul Market is a grocery store that offers traditional Afghan products, freshly baked Afghan bread, fresh cuts of halal meat, accessories, and basic staples like rice and tea. Kabul Market is open every day and accepts EBT.
Visit Kabul Market:
- 2129 Lawrenceville Highway, Unit M, Decatur, Georgia 30033
- Open daily from 10:00 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Khaled Abo Alhwa is the owner of Kababji Grill, a Mediterranean and halal restaraunt offering delicious dining, delivery and takeout in Duluth, Georgia.
Visit Kababji Grill:
- 3640 Satellite Blvd, Duluth, Georgia 30096
- Open Mondays - Saturdays: 11:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
- Open Sundays: 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
EM & EM Asian Halal
Ade Marta Syamhuri is the owner of EM & EM Asian Halal, a small family-run grocery store located in Stone Mountain that specializes in Southeast Asian groceries, offering products from Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Vietnam, India, and more.
Visit EM & EM Asian Halal:
- 5895 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
- Open Mondays by appointment
- Open Tuesdays – Fridays from 11:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
- Open Saturdays – Sundays from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Rudy’s Food Art & Catering Services
Nazer Ghazal is the owner of Rudy’s Food Art & Catering Services and carves beautfiul creations of fresh fruit and vegetables, ice, soap and many more foods, as well as provides catering of Mediterranean food, sushi and canapes.
- To book some of Nazer's wonderful art for your special occasion, contact Rudy’s Food Art & Catering Services via Facebook!
Microenterprise Development Program
The IRC in Atlanta’s MED program is open to all refugees, asylees, immigrants and citizens with intermediate or advanced English skills and accepting new clients! To learn more or to access our MED services, please contact our Microenterprise Development Supervisor, Kendall Souders, at Kendall.Souders [at] Rescue.org or 470-510-6213.