Lal and Amawi Lien are the proprieters of Chin Hills Grocery.
Lal came to the US as a refugee in 2003. At that time, he and 15 fellow refugees walked two weeks south to Malaysia. During that time they had only rice to eat. Upon arrival in Malaysia, they were processed as refugees by the UNHCR. He stayed in Malaysia from 2003 - 2007. Upon arrival in the US in 2007, he learded how to make Sushi in Springfield, MO, and ran a business from 2010 -2014 in Champaign, IL. Because he is a pastor he wanted to be near more Burmese people, so he uprooted and came to Grand Rapids so that he could be active in the church. Chin Hills Grocery started in July, 2014 and gradually built into a successful business. He continues to be active pastoring in the Chin Hills Baptist Church which has 300 members and purchased a new worship space from Redeemer Covenant Church on Hanna Lake Ave in Caledonia.
Amawi Lien, proprieter
Amawi Lien is proprieter of Chin Hills Grocery along with her husband Lal. Similarl to her husband, she fled Myanmar to Malaysia and later was able to come to the US under the UNHCR. At age 16 she left Khuala Lumpur, Malaysia, coming to Maryland in 2008. She met her husband Lal through a cousin and were married in 2010. Her first child was born in March 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic.