Arnold Kubei is a Cameroonian businessman who first immigrated to the US with his mother and brother in 2007. Launching his “American Dream,” Kubei started a cleaning business and amassed $300,000 in savings.
Making the most of his credit cards, he received an offer to buy a gas station and convenience store in the eastern metropolitan suburb of Maplewood. For many entrepreneurs, owning a gas station is an important source of income, and Kubei hoped to maximize his fortune with the business.
Unfortunately, his dream of owning a gas station fell through. He later discovered that an underground storage tank on the property was leaking. Repairing it was too expensive, and without any gas sales, the business failed. “I lost everything. They repossessed my car. They took me to court for not paying rent,” Kubei said. sahan diary.
Following the failure of his gas station business, he was hired as a security counselor with the Minnesota Sex Offender Program. However, due to the distance of the trip, he resigned and moved to the City of Minneapolis for a new job.
He left his new job after six months to set up a social services company called Metro Care Human Services. The company’s mission is to find housing alternatives for nursing home residents, people with disabilities, former prisoners and other hard-to-house people, according to Sahan Journal.
“Metro Care Human Services is dedicated to providing the best nursing home relocation services to its clients. Metro Care Human Services staff work with individualized relocation plans designed to meet the needs of each client and promote successful relocation to a nursing home,” the company says on its website.
Kubei began the journey with a handful of clients and went on to launch a second business called Home Sweet Home of Minnesota, following the phenomenal growth of Metro Care Human Services. The company “acquires duplexes and apartment buildings in the Twin Cities and then converts them into assisted living facilities.”
Kubei said his companies brought in $3.7 million last year, adding that they project to earn $5.5 million next year. According to the 33-year-old, he now has 45 employees.
The Cameroonian immigrant entrepreneur said his determination not to give up or get discouraged by the failure of his gas station business has paid off and urged others who want to be like him to remain consistent with his vision.
“The biggest trap in my story is not to give up, not to get discouraged. I failed. I went bankrupt. But I stayed consistent with my vision,” said the husband and father of two. “Since I lost everything in 2014, I have not failed in anything I have done. Bankruptcy was a learning experience.”