We are the Somali Bantu Community Association, where we set the wheels of food justice in motion by growing chemical-free food and building a united community.

Welcome to the Somali Bantu Community Association

Our mission is to provide vital transitional services, advocacy, and programming that empowers members of the refugee community to uphold cultural identity and thrive in their new life here in Lewiston, Maine.

Since 2005, SBCA has provided a variety of vital and dynamic immigrant services to the Somali Bantu community here in Maine.

Equality and Inclusion

As an organization that is run for and by the Bantu community, the Somali Bantu Community Association is uniquely able to adapt to the ever-changing needs of its members. This structure reflects our core value of centering and uplifting Bantu voices when providing services for, or making decisions about, the Bantu community. As a historically marginalized group, the SBCA demonstrates what equity and inclusion could look like here in Maine.

Program Offerings

Some of the great successes the organization is proud to host includes Kasheekee, “the telling room,” its culturally-based youth programming, and Liberation Farms, a community farming programming that bolsters food security and offers entrepreneurial opportunity for over 130 Bantu farmers. Please visit our services and programming page to see additional offerings. 

Partnerships

SBCA is always searching for opportunities to partner with people and organizations. @e thrive on cross-cultural exchange and learning.  Please contact us if you would like to be involved with our organization in any way.

We look forward to all we can learn together!

“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”
— Lilla Watson

Somali Bantu Basket Weaving

Our beautiful handwoven baskets are available for purchase at the Whiting Farm Stand, Auburn Farmers Market,  and the Yarmouth Farmers Market.

Click here for a Farmers Market and Farm Stand schedule.