LEWISTON — The brakes are showing some wear. The steering is soft. And there’s no oven to make African cakes in. But inside Isuken Co-op, Maine’s new – and first – Somali Bantu farm-to-table food truck, the focus is on moving forward.
On a gloomy Saturday afternoon in October, Ghali Farah was working the cash register, an iPad with a Square attachment. Habiba Hussein was delicately running a wet finger around the edge of an uncooked sambusa, a savory pastry, to seal it before Isaak Gawo put it into the fryer. Isnino Ibrahim was at the cleaning station. Isuken means unity, and based on the tight squeeze in the truck for the crew of five, it seemed like an apt name in many ways.