Louisville farm connects refugees to their homeland

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Tucked away behind a southwest Louisville subdivision are the planted seeds of one thing greater than what seems on the floor. Spanning a 19-acre property is row after row of crops native to east Africa.

What You Want To Know

  • Gosheni Farms is positioned in southwest Louisville
  • It serves as a spot east African refugees can develop crops from their house international locations
  • Greater than 50 households use the 19-acre house
  • They just lately celebrated the set up of a solar-powered nicely and irrigation system

“They develop cranberry beans, some develop pinto beans and a few have most(ly) inexperienced beans,” stated Pauline Mukeshimana, co-founder of Gate of Hope Ministries Worldwide, as she stood subsequent to a patch of beanstalks.

Mukeshimana and her husband, Jean de Dieu Nzeyimana, are each from Rwanda. They moved to the U.S. within the early 2000s and expanded the work of their ministry after arriving to assist refugees who have been displaced by the Rwandan Genocide and different conflicts settle into the nation. 

They’re now celebrating greater than a yr of labor at their farm, Gosheni. Its identify stems from a biblical story and serves as a spot for greater than 50 households to develop recent and wholesome meals that may’t be present in a sequence grocery retailer.

“When God blessed us with this place, we selected to call it ‘Gosheni’ as a result of for the refugees, the east African immigrants that come right here to Louisville, we wish it to be a spot the place they will come for therapeutic,” Mukeshimana stated. “They will get recent greens as they’re seeing them, particularly those they miss most from house.” 

Pauline Mukeshimana is a co-founder of Gate of Hope Ministries Worldwide in Louisville. (Spectrum Information 1/Mason Brighton)

This land was bought outright final yr. After a profitable first harvest, work was just lately accomplished on a solar-powered nicely. Now in operation, it supplies irrigation to your entire farm.

Mukeshimana described it as a blessing, because it permits them to maintain their work alive. 

“To be a refugee, you need to transfer out of your homeland, run away on your life in a special nation,” Mukeshimana stated. “The those that come right here, they’ve spent like between 17 and 20 or extra years in a refugee camp.” 

It is a peaceable and therapeutic house for many who’ve uprooted their lives seeking security.

“It is like their remedy,” Mukeshimana stated with a smile. “Coming is like going to the clinic.”

Since its founding, Gate of Hope Ministries Worldwide has helped greater than 1,000 east African refugees resettle in Louisville.

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