Hoyo is a company producing traditional sambusas from scratch in Bloomington, Minn. Hoyo (HOY-oh), the Somali word for mother, employs Somali mothers, many of whom have ownership in the company, to make sambusas (a traditional dish of spiced meat and lentils wrapped in flakey pastry) and flavorful sauces and salsas. Hoyo first started offering ready-to-bake sambusa at Seward Co-op in 2017—and now it’s available at more than 20 grocery stores and co-ops throughout the metro.
As an organization, they build a vibrant workforce of Somali women who successfully contribute to the economy and create self-sufficiency in a safe and culturally-appropriate environment. Hoyo’s products are a way in which the mothers and women of Hoyo are able to share a piece of their culture with the Twin Cities community while also providing for their families. Their recipe originates from Halima, a mother of six, and each sambusa is hand-folded, allowing you to experience traditional and authentic Somali cuisine. View the video below to learn more about Hoyo.