Mina’s Whole Foods started in 2013 with co-founder and manager Mina Thapa selling homemade Thai basil pesto and peanut butter to friends. After entering the local Bangkok farmer’s market circuit, sales exploded. Mina’s Whole Foods now sells at several markets a month and has expanded its line of foods to include cauliflower salad, carrot ginger miso, hummus and, if you’re lucky to get them in time, handmade Nepali momos.
This business allowed Mina to find freedom and provide for her family. Coming from Nepal to Bangkok in 2008 through a deceptive agent, she found herself without a visa or a job. As the mother of three girls, she needed a way to provide for her family. Her gifts of cooking and hospitality became evident while living with Tim and Amy. Drawing from various backgrounds and local ingredients, Mina produces vegetarian food from the heart. Mina’s Whole Foods is relational; each of the recipes was shared the old-fashioned way over meals with friends. You can still find Mina at farmer’s markets on weekends, but her business is also expanding into health food stores in Bangkok.
Mina wants to use her business to help women to find freedom for themselves. Her goal is to grow her business and provide both training and long-term employment options for women. You can connect with Mina’s Whole Foods on Facebook.