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Hawa Hassan (of Basbaas, a line of Somali condiments) and Beth Linskey (formerly of Beth's Farm Kitchen) join Julia for a conversation about friendship and mentorship and how both can transcend age, race, and place.

Hawa started her company Basbaas because she wanted to shift the narrative about being Somali. In her words, “What could be a better way to do that than through food?” To get her company off the ground, she enlisted her mentor Beth. Beth is the creator of the New York-based jam company Beth’s Farm Kitchen, which she founded in 1981. She ran the company for 35 years before selling it in 2016.

While it's been noted that mentorship helps drive success, but we don’t hear enough about how people find their mentors or what the mentors themselves get out of the relationship. In sharing some insights about their relationship, Hawa and Beth show us a really beautiful example of what mentorship can look like. It’s not just good for business, it’s also good for humanity.

The show also includes answers to listeners' questions and a shoutout to ZanaAfrica Foundation.

To purchase Hawa's sauces, head here.

For more about Julia Turshen and her work, head here.

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