Cafe Rose Nicaud is an African American owned coffee shop in New Orleans that has been affected by Hurricane Katrina and now, the recession. Owner Melba LeBrane Ferdinand named the cafe after Rose Nicaud, an enslaved French Creole woman who bought her freedom in New Orleans. After she purchased her freedom she became an entreprenuer and opened up the first coffee shop at the French Market. Ferdinand discusses her struggles in the article by CNN and states that Nicaud's story inspires her--"Sometimes when I get really down about it, I think about Rose Nicaud and wonder what kind of obstacles she had to go through to do," Ferdinand said. "It inspires me."