Waxaa qoray Bonnie Rukin

Maalgelinta dawladda dhexe ee loo maro barnaamijyada SNAP/EBT iyo WIC, oo ay weheliso taageerada Beesha Cultiating Community (CC) iyo ururrada kale ee iskaashatada ah, waxay keentay in si muuqata loo kordhiyo iibka wax soo saarka, taas oo macnaheedu yahay horumarinta sugnaanta cuntada ee Somali Bantu, Angolan, Sudanese, iyo Qoysaska Kongo ee Maine.

Sandy Alles, oo ah Agaasimaha Iibka Beeraha ee CC lixdii sano ee la soo dhaafay, ayaa xustay $20,000 oo kordhay sanadkan iibka macaamiisha SNAP/EBT, iyo ku dhawaad ​​$12,000 korodhka iibka WIC, kaas oo ka kooban qiyaastii 97% wadarta iibka beeraha. Beeraleydu waxay iibiyeen qiyaastii 43,000 rodol oo khudaar ah iyagoo kaashanaya barnaamijyadan!

Beeraleyda CC Omasombo Katuka ayaa uga mahadcelisay dowladda Mareykanka taageerada ay siiso bulshada iyada oo loo marayo faa’iidooyinka lagu bixin karo goobaha beeraha. Macaamiishiisa aad ayay ugu faraxsan yihiin wax soo saarkiisa oo ay rabaan in uu sii wado beerista khudaarta sanadka oo dhan. Si fudud ayuu wax badan u kori karaa, ayuu yidhi, wuxuuna hubaa in macaamiishiisa ay iibsan doonaan dhammaan waxa uu u keeni karo suuqa sababtoo ah xubno badan oo qoyska ka tirsan iyo asxaabtooda ayaa u baahan. Laakiin ma haysto dhul ku filan. “Waxaan heli karaa 20 sariirood oo lagu beeray eggplant Afrika waxaanan iibin karaa dalagyada oo dhan!” ayuu ku dhawaaqay.

Working at the market stand Photo | Sandy Alles

Asli Hassan, oo ah Somali Bantu beeraley ah kana timid Lewiston, waxay aad ugu faraxsantahay kororka iibka ee WIC/SNAP ee sanadkan. Macaamiisheeda waxay inta badan dalbadaan toddobaad ka hor maalinta suuqa si ay u hubiyaan khudaarta Afrikaanka ah ee muhiimka u ah iyaga. Xisaabaadka macaamiisha jumlada ah ee khudaarta Afrika ayaa kordhay sanadkan, oo ay ku jirto Maine Health, iyo shakhsiyaad badan ayaa iibsanaya, sidoo kale. Laba ka mid ah 10-ka carruur ah ee uu dhalay Xasan ayaa ka caawiyay inay isu diyaariso suuqa oo ay ka caawiyaan wax kala iibsiga macaamiisha. Waxay rajaynaysaa inay kordhiso xilliga koritaanka iyadoo la isticmaalayo tunnels sare. Sida Katuka, waxay sheegtay in wax-soo-saarkeeda cuntadu uu xaddidan yahay dhul-beer, ayay tidhi.

Community Cultivating waxay ahayd hogaamiye urureed shaqadan muddo tobanaan sano ah, iyada oo loo marayo Mashruuca Beeraha Sustainable Agriculture ee Cusub iyo horumarinta beeraha beeraha. Opportunity Alliance sidoo kale waa urur shuraako ah oo wakhti dheer ah. Sannadkan shaqaalaha labada hay’adood waxay bixiyeen kaalmo farsamo si ay uga caawiyaan beeralayda habka dhijitaalka ah ee ay u baahan tahay WIC inta lagu jiro wax kala iibsiga. Kaalmada farsamada ayaa si weyn u hagaajisay hawlaha suuqa.

Farmer Omasombo Katuka Photo| Ian MacLellan

Joogitaanka joogtada ah, muddada dheer ee joogitaanka beertu waxay u taagan tahay xaafado gaar ah ayaa laga yaabaa inay gacan ka geysatay kordhinta iibka iyo isku xirka macaamiisha. Marka laga soo tago suuqyada Portland ee la aasaasay ee Opportunity Alliance, guryaha Westbrook Pointe iyo Riverton Park, suuqa Kennedy Park ee Lewiston waxa uu soo jiitay macaamiil wayn.

Photo | Greta Rybus
Asli Hassan photo| Ian MacLellan

Labadan beeralayda ah waxay qadarinayaan caawinaad kasta oo ka timaada akhristayaasha Amjambo si ay u helaan dhul. Asli Hassan waxa ay rajaynaysaa in ay hesho 10-15 acres oo u dhaw Lewiston/Auburn, Omasombo Katuka waxa ay jeclaan lahayd dhul dheeraad ah oo ku filan si ay u kori karto si ay ugu adeegto suuqyada New Hampshire iyo xataa Boston.

Fadlan kala xidhiidh Sandy Alles at Cultivating Community wax kasta oo horseeda ama fikrado hal abuur leh: [email protected]; (207) 761-4769, x808.