Osman Adan

From: Kismayo, Somalia  Current City: Faribault, MN
"I woke up, I was in a beautiful apartment. I slept in a bed for the first time…it felt kind of like heaven to me because that’s not what I was used to."
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When Osman Adan came to the United States, he had never slept in a bed or seen a refrigerator before. Now his is an entrepreneur with huge aspirations.

Osman was born in the city of Kismayo, Somalia. Shortly after his birth, his family moved to a refugee camp in Kenya to escape the violence of the Somali Civil War. Osman spent most of childhood in Kenya, playing soccer with his friends and going to school. In 2005, his father passed away leaving his mother to provide for the entire family. The following year, Osman and his family had an opportunity to move to the United States. They prepared for their interviews and were selected two months later.

For the first time in his life, Osman flew on an airplane. He began his American life in Amarillo, Texas. He was incredibly excited to begin his new life and was amazed by all the sights and sounds he had never experienced before. After spending six years in Texas, his family moved to Minnesota in pursuit of better economic opportunities.

Osman graduated from Faribault High School a semester early and plans to attend South Central Community College. In the meantime, he works as a network material and transportation professional. His dream is to earn a degree in business and return to Somalia to open hotels for refugees.


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