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Henok Tesfaye, an Ethiopian immigrant to the US, started in the parking business with just himself and a few family members as employees.
At its 2012 biennial gala, Shaw Main Streets named the recipients of three awards: Shaw Champion, Shaw Community Partner, and Shaw Game Changer Business.
Arriving in the United States 20 years ago from Ethiopia with just $50 in his pocket, Henok Tesfaye is now running a successful business of nearly 500 people. VOA's Philip Alexiou reports.
The way Henok Tesfaye's mother smiles as she serves up some spicy doro wat in her U Street restaurant wasn't part of the business plan that got Tesfaye a $35,000 microloan. But it's certainly part of the result.