November 27, 2022
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Meet the family family behind this Des Moines lemonade business

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Ahmed Musa and his sister Rita, 6, pose for a photo as they sell Musa's Lemonade at Roosevelt High School's community night Oct. 6 in Des Moines.

Leaves bounce in the wind. The setting sun bruises the sky. Cheerleaders rub pom-poms in long sleeves.

Up the hill, at the Roosevelt High School flagpole, Ahmed Musa pops open a fold-up table. His little sister, 6-year-old Rita, drags a cooler. Ahmed pulls fluorescent yellow and orange and red pouches from the ice.

He props a sign.

“MUSA’S LEMONADE … $4.”

Three girls in sweatshirts and flannel hand Ahmed dollar bills and stab straws through the plastic. The drink is a flood of sugar, sticky and catatonically sweet. But business is slow at Community Night on Oct. 6, when families gather for a parade the night before the Roughriders’ homecoming football game.

“I wish it was hotter,” says Ahmed, 24.

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