Hukun Aden Mohammed prepares snacks at her shop located in the Bole Michael neighbourhood of Addis Ababa [Michael Tewelde/Al Jazeera]

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – It’s afternoon in Addis Ababa’s bustling Bole Michael district, and businesswoman Hukun Aden Mohammed is doing a brisk trade.

The 45-year-old, single mother of seven opened her modest cosmetics and snack shop in the heavily ethnic Somali neighbourhood two years ago.

Business is so good, she’s planning to grow and diversify.

“I plan to expand my business by opening up a shoe store,” Mohammed told Al Jazeera.  “Inshallah (God willing) I also plan to open businesses in my home city, Jijiga in Somali regional state and across other parts of Ethiopia.”

Ten years ago, Mohammad, an observant Muslim, would

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