Help Lamine get his truck back

My name is Lamine Ka, I am from Senegal and live in Rome.

I run a small cooperative (Baobab Street Food) made up of young migrants of different nationalities, Senegal, Eritrea, Bangladesh, Gambia, passionate about the food from their country of origin and with the desire to transform this passion into an entrepreneurial activity, to blend the taste with the culture of origin and that of hospitality.

Baobab Street Food aspires to bring some of the traditional African and Italian dishes to the streets, at affordable prices and using selected raw materials, ingredients at KM0 and wherever possible from organic farming.

The cooperative moves towards the consumer, reaching places of work and leisure, and participating in street food festivals, festivals or on request at private banquets, traveling on a completely new Ape Car Piaggio, set up according to the law Italian, and that we were able to buy with great sacrifices.

Once a year I go to Senegal for a month to see my family and before I left I found a private car park where I could leave the van safely until my return. When I came back and picked it up, at first everything seemed fine, but after checking the car I realized that the starter motor, the battery and the hydraulic pump were broken. I called my mechanic and he confirmed that it was an act of vandalism. The owner of the garage denied any kind of responsibility.

Unfortunately, I had an online insurance policy on this site ( and after

We made the payment they disappeared without sending us the policy. We called the national policy enforcement agency who told us to go to the police and when we went there they told us to get a lawyer. We have all the data to prove that we had made the payment. So since we no longer have the necessary funds to start up again, we found ourselves in a situation of total failure. Our only dream, our only hope, unfortunately, has been destroyed.

I had to wait a long time to start this cooperative, but unfortunately, after only a few months of operation, we will have to proceed with the sale of the van if we do not find the necessary funds to fix it, change the pieces, and try to restart our work.

We are desperate but ready to start again by any means (be it a loan, help, initial funding).

We will never give up

Thank you!





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Organizer and beneficiary

Barbara Leroy 
Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome
Lamine Ka 
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