Miss Somalia || Nuralain Abukar

My name is Nuralain Abukar. When asked where I come from, I like to tell me people, “I was made in Somalia, developed in Kenya, and tested in America. My family and I came here as refugees from a camp near Mombasa, Kenya. Out of 8 siblings, I am the second oldest. I have a B.A in Political Science, Co-Majoring in Conflict Resolution from Wayne State University. I am currently embarking on my Master’s degree in International Relations at Harvard University.

I am a serial entrepreneur. I have a national credit repair business. Our number one priority to our customers is to help them get their financial life back. We do this through constant education on the process of raising your credit score, rebuilding credit, debt settlement, and communicating with debt collectors. We believe that education is the key to restoring one’s credit.

I am developing my second business: making sustainable clean water accessible. Our mission is to decrease the risk of disease, drought, famine, and infant mortality for the local Somali community. This will be achieved by providing clean water treatment systems that are affordable and accessible to the local communities. Our vision is to empower communities, especially women in the local Somali community, to be the game changers in this technological innovation for the purification of local water sources.

In 2011, I was inspired to become an entrepreneur; to take action and be the change I wanted to see in the world. One of my favorite quotes is by Marcus Tullius Cicero, “Non nobis, sed omnibus”, (not for us, for everyone) . It is a Latin motto that means that people should contribute to the general greater good of humanity, apart from their own interests.