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Can Kenya emerge as a role model on refugees?

November 30, 2022
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.
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R3 Enterprise Spotlight: Livara

October 10, 2022
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.
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Impact Investing in MENA: Local initiatives create new opportunities for international investors

September 27, 2022
RIN’s Refugee Entrepreneurship Lead Selen Ucak writes about the growing local activity in impact entrepreneurship and investment in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
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From Homeless Refugee To Creating a $100 Million Investment Fund

February 4, 2021
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.
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Social Impact Fund invests in refugees’ futures

December 21, 2020
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.
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How Kibbeh Paved the Way for This Syrian Refugee’s Freedom

August 6, 2020
After starting her own successful food business in Jordan, Fatimah began encouraging and advising other aspiring businesswomen in her community.
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Meet the entrepreneurs using fintech to help refugees

July 14, 2020
Reuters feature on a generation of refugees who have set up financial technology firms to help other refugees and migrants send money, access paperwork, and share information.
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Keeping Food on the Table During COVID-19: How Refugee Entrepreneurs Have Stayed Afloat

June 8, 2020
NextBillion profiles refugee entrepreneurs who have pivoted their food industry businesses during COVID-19 to weather the pandemic and help others.
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This Local Nail Salon Has Shifted to Provide Quarantine Beauty Solutions

April 15, 2020
Read how refugee entrepreneur Ashley Tran quickly and creatively pivoted her business model in response to COVID-19 to garner traction nationwide and land a deal with Amazon.
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Winners Of BridgeBuilder Challenge Work To Improve Life For 70 Million Refugees

January 27, 2020
A social impact and innovation contest called the BridgeBuilder Challenge identified five social enterprises globally who are making a difference for the more than 70 million displaced people around the world.
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Refugee Week: Businesses Building A Shared Future

June 24, 2019
Forbes feature on businesses changing the stigma surrounding refugees through entrepreneurship.
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Coding to cooking: the businesses helping tackle the refugee crisis

June 24, 2019
Reuters feature on businesses across the globe helping to solve issues faced by displaced peoples.