Kiva borrower Teepeu of Tee's Liberian Dish in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Teepeu

Tee's Liberian Dish

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

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I have a great passion for cooking and have wanted to start my own restaurant for quite a while. My mother, who used to do catering in Africa, was the one who taught me how to cook for birthdays, graduations, and other events when I was 12 years. My husband and I first lived in New Jersey after immigrating to the United States in 2014 during the Ebola epidemic in West Africa. We moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa three years ago. The City of Cedar Rapids provided me that opportunity earlier this summer, and it’s a dream come true to introduce Liberian cuisine to the city of Cedar Rapids. I did catering prior to opening Tee’s Liberian Dish. As word got out, I began to cook and sell meals from my home. But, I found that some customers wanted to have a place to sit down to eat their lunch instead of taking it to go.

My new restaurant serves Liberian cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Entrees focus on rice, meats, different vegetables, and a variety of sauces and gravies. I decided to start this business because I have a great passion for cooking and I wanted to introduce a new and unique menu to the already-existing ones. I’m hoping it’ll bring me some income too!