African Market Open In Boise Idaho


Boise Idaho
  • Fidel Nshombo
  • Boise Idaho
Martin and Josee Mpoyo from the Democratic Republic of Congo have noticed the growth of the African population in Boise and the community's struggles to find traditional food around. They opened an African market a few weeks ago to help meet this demand.

“I am open to new ideas and advice to make this market possible, and I am doing it to inspire other Africans with great ideas not to feel afraid of doing them, as change begins with us,” said Martin, who works at the Meridian Post Office and at Micron Technology.

Josee Mpoyo, his wife, also added that “with massive job losses and struggles of employments, it is better for Africans and other refugees to start thinking of other options they could do to keep surviving here. Things that would save other refugees and bring our culture to the American population “

The Market is in its early stages, but already has a variety of African traditional foods. From the traditional African steppe food Cassava meal, or Fufu, to the most lovable central African vegetable called Cassava leaves, or sombe. The market sells Red Palm oil which is the most used cooking oil in Africa, called Mawesa in Swahili, Halal meat and even the variety of worms that are found in Central Africa known in Swahili as Tukumombo and in Lingala as Mbizo. Both languages are spoken in a number of Central African Countries.

This African Market is located on Orchard Street and Martin and his wife Josee are working at the market most of the hours and would be pleased to have your presence and critics and would answer any question you may have.