Sahan Cares: Case Study

Previously featured in our “Unlocking Refugee Self-Reliance in the UK” report, Sahan Cares is a social enterprise that provides home care and support services to the elderly. Based on the experiences of founder Abdul Shiil and his family as Somali refugees in West London, the social enterprise promotes self-reliance.

Can Kenya emerge as a role model on refugees?

Kenya’s Refugee Act passed in late 2021 promises to improve refugee access to a range of rights, including freedom of movement, the right to work, better access to financial services, better access to documentation and education, and the ability to start a business. If implemented well, this law could support self reliance for half a million refugees.

R3 Enterprise Spotlight: Livara

This RIN video spotlight tells the story of an R3 (Refugee Supporting) enterprise based in Uganda: Livara Cosmetics. Livara was founded in 2013 as an online store, and has since grown to 6 salons with over 64 employees. Livara has a 22% refugee workforce and plans to expand to 50 salons over the next 5 years.

From Homeless Refugee To Creating a $100 Million Investment Fund

Kanyi Maqubela is an entrepreneur and venture capitalist based in New York. He was born in Soweto, a township outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, during apartheid. To escape this life-threatening environment, his family moved to the United States as refugees in 1986. In 2014, Kanyi and co-founder Steve Jang, raised $56 million to create Kindred Ventures.

Social Impact Fund invests in refugees’ futures

In the United States, a person’s credit score is one of the strongest predictors of financial stability. This key to a strong future can also act as a roadblock to a secure life, especially for new Americans. When RIN and the IRC’s Center for Economic Opportunity launched the Social Impact Fund, the goal was in line with both organizations’ objectives: to help new Americans establish a financial foothold in the US.