Sister city foundation boosts local business

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s only been a couple of months since Patrick Mapalo opened the doors to his new coffee shop in downtown Albuquerque. Kumba Coffee is a dream that Mapalo had from his time growing up in the African country of Zambia.

Since following all the legal procedures to become an immigrant to the United States, Mapalo says he has a great appreciation for the process which he worked for that brought him here to become a citizen. Part of the American dream is now owning his own business.

Mapalo has also joined with the Albuquerque Sister Cities Foundation, which according to their website, builds bridges between the cultures of the international cities tied to Albuquerque. This is also in the effort of strengthening the areas of education and business which ultimately create strong bonds of all the cities involved.

Kumba Coffee is located at 700 2nd Street NW or you can learn more from their Facebook page. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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