ADC champions African immigrants and refugees, helping them overcome barriers to financial security and success. Our staff is made up of highly qualified and talented individuals from an array of African nations, and they bring passion and wide-ranging expertise to serving the African community in Minnesota. We share and honor our generous sponsors’ vision—founded on the conviction that stimulating markets among the state’s growing ethnic communities benefits us all.

A woman wearing a hijab looks pensive

Financial Counseling with Amal

Amal (name and image changed to maintain privacy), first came to ADC in 2005. Her husband at the time was looking for a small business loan and had heard that ADC was a good resource. His plan was approved and he received a small loan to expand his business. After a difficult divorce a few years later, Amal was left with overwhelming debt, most of it in her name only. In 2007 she began working with one of our financial counselors. With the financial discipline she learned working with ADC, these dreams and financial goals are well within her reach.

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Somali family outside their newly-purchased home in St. Cloud, MN

ADC Education Helps St. Cloud Family Purchase Home

Abdirisaq Ahmed has lived in St. Cloud, Minnesota for ten years. During this time he and his growing family have struggled to live comfortably in a number of apartments. Unfortunately, the dream of owning his own home never seemed a possibility given their situation.

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Nasibu Sareva and Commissioner Shawntera Hardy

Success of young Entrepreneurs and Growing businesses Owned by African Immigrants and Refugees

The African Development Center (ADC) proudly announces the recipients of its 2016 Business Awards at a luncheon at the Town and Country Club in St. Paul. ADC is a leader in micro lending to entrepreneurs and growing small business. Our work in financial literacy, business development and homeownership counseling focuses on Minnesota’s African community. With the help of dedicated full time employees, consultants, Executive and Finance and Board of Directors, ADC provides services in 6 languages to communities throughout Minnesota.

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