Shuraako Connect

A blog about investing in Somalia

Shuraako Connect focuses on business initiatives, job creation, investment opportunities, and the economic climate of Somalia.  Content is written by the Shuraako team and guest contributors.  If you are interested in submitting a post to our blog, have a look at our editorial guidelines.

Jun 18 2013, 12:25 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

As Somalia makes the transition from failed state to a place in which to do business, so the demographics of the country are changing.  Cities such as Mogadishu and Hargeisa are seeing a rising number of visitors and new residents. Many of these new inhabitants are Somalis, buoyed by the new spirit of optimism and the opportunities that abound; who feel able to return and who want to bring their skills and experience back to the country they love.

Apr 03 2013, 18:53 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

Minneapolis, Minnesota - March 16, 2013.  Shuraako hosted a meeting attended by 94 members of the Somali diaspora community to discuss how we can work together to connect investors with business opportunities in Somaliland, Puntland, and South Central Somalia.  The meeting was introduced by Imam Sheik Sa'ad Roble, an influential elder in Minneapolis's

Mar 07 2013, 11:45 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

Maalinta Haweenka!

In celebration of International Women's Day, Shuraako is highlighting the important role that women play as forces of change in Somalia’s economic development and future.

Mar 01 2013, 11:16 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

Credit: CTS-NowThe Shuraako team recently met with Abdullahi Salaad Warsame, a prominent businessman and former politician, to learn more about the current investment climate in Mogadishu, Somalia.  Warsame believes that the time is ripe for job opportunities in the city because the new government has done much to stabilize and rebuild.

Feb 27 2013, 14:00 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

SBI Bottling PlantWhen Somaliland Beverage Industries (SBI) opened its Hargaisa bottling plant in May 2012, it symbolized the stabilization that was taking place across the region.  The story of Somalia is becoming less about pirates and terrorists an

Feb 18 2013, 18:41 by Jeffrey French

Our previous post discussed the pride that the Somali diaspora shows by investing in their homeland.  They aren't alone.  Lately, global investors are taking risks, underwriting promising business ventures in Somalia, and

Feb 11 2013, 18:29 by Jean-Pierre Larroque

In his book "The People of Minnesota: Somalis in Minnesota." Ahmed Ismail Yusuf claims that three words best describe the Somali people: sahan, or pioneer; martisoor, meaning hospitality, and war, a Somali word that literally mea

Feb 06 2013, 16:33 by Jeffrey French

Shuraako LogoAt Shuraako we work across a range of channels to highlight double bottom line opportunities available to social entrepreneurs and investors in Somalia.  One of our specialties is using video and social media to introduce the world to local producers in the region.

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