Somalia’s first ever cheese-maker

Samira Mohamed Abdiraham is the founder of a start-up making cheese in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu. The entrepreneur spoke recently with the BBC to about her new business: “My company is doing dairy production so we just now started working with cow milk and camel milk and everything with milk. So we produce cheese — whipped cream, double cream, butter, yoghurt, everything,” she says.

Samira’s company is called Samira Somaal, a name that she says refers to the process of milking animals. “Somaal means bring the milk from the animal, so when you bring milk [by] the hand it means Somaal. And I think the beginning of the name Somalia is coming from (the word) Somaal,” she explains. 

Photo credit: Muse Mohammed for TEDxMogadishu