Perfecting the Art of Perseverance
Building toward a long-term goal isn’t easy
For decades, farmers markets around Minnesota's Twin Cities have benefited immensely from the work of the local Hmong community, an ethnic group with roots in China and Southeast Asia.
Building intergenerational wealth among Hmong Americans—a community of more than 300,000 that moved to the United States in the 1970s as refugees of wars in Vietnam and Laos—has been a challenge. But since its 2011 founding, Minnesota's Hmong American Farmers Association (HAFA) has been working to take steps to fix that. Its biggest, boldest step came in September, when the organization successfully purchased 155 acres of farmland it had previously leased.
It was the culmination of a long-term goal—and one that highlights the power of perseverance. Here’s how they did it.
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