That support is hard to come by as a minority, Kamara said. While trying to start her own business, she ran into micro-attacks and hypotheses.
“It’s really hard to get capital,” she said, especially as a black woman who owns a business in competition with white men.
But Kamara never gave up. In November 2020, as the pandemic raged and many other restaurants closed for good, she opened Ruby Scoops in the north side of Richmond to a line of customers wrapped around the block. Less than a year later, she dominated during her summer in Vermont on “Clash of the Cones”, winning three of the competition’s four challenges. And earlier this fall, she opened a second store, Suzy Sno, in the Jackson Ward neighborhood. It’s named after her grandmother Suzanne, who came to the United States all these years ago, and presents crushed ice in New Orleans.
“We’re just excited to bring another kind of delicious frozen treat to Richmond that’s different from ice cream and see where it takes me and other businesses that open,” she said. “It’s exciting.”
Every time I came I didn’t want to leave and I would get very emotional that I had to come home because Richmond is really what led me to figure out what I want to do with myself in terms of career and m ‘even led to this [realization] that i want to cook, i want to make ice cream.
Kamara has said she hopes to be a role model for children – not just future bakers and pastry chefs, but for all the kids like her.
“I think just having people doing whatever they want in life proves that anyone can really be who they want,” Kamara said. “It’s not just little kids who want to cook, but little brown and black kids being told who they need to be or should be, and who find ways to go their own way and do what works. for them and not to feel like they have to follow the status quo. Mostly, most of the time with black kids we are always put in boxes.
“When kids are young and say they want to be, whatever they want for their careers, we as adults should listen to them and try to invest in them as others have invested in them. us, “she said. “In the place of [saying], ‘You can’t do this’ or ‘You shouldn’t do this’, let’s explore and see if that’s really what [they] want to do. “