Client Story: Malike Anthony

Case Study 2:  Malike Anthony

Malike Anthony, an immigrant from Togo in West Africa, came to the U.S. to study business and obtain his MBA.  To support himself, he worked in a Halal grocery, Accra Market in East Hartford.  Accra is the capital of Ghana;  Halal are the dietary laws of the region’s growing Muslim population. 

Skilled at butchering meat in
accordance with strict Muslim law, Mr. Anthony sought to open his own Halal
supermarket in Hartford and identified a location.  However, an offer of overseas financing was
withdrawn when this country’s immigration policies changed.

Mr. Anthony explored several
options to take commercial advantage of his trans-Atlantic ties.  He developed relationships with several
coffee plantations in Togo and the Ivory Coast seeking to find export
markets.  He studied and navigated U.S.
import regulations.  Through
International Hartford, Mr. Anthony met and signed a distribution contract with
a distributor and retailer of imported, single estate coffees.