Success Stories

Selling Shawarma Helps This Syrian Refugee Adapt to Life in America

April 25, 2019
A refugee from Syria who moved to the United States three years ago with his wife and two daughters, Abdulraheem has learned to embrace the interest the community has in not only his food, but his background as well. “I like to share my food and my country with people here. This food is my country,” he says.
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How an Iranian refugee turned a $1000 router into a $25 million internet business

March 5, 2019
For Sam Bashiry, an emotional breakdown outside Centrelink and a $1000 second-hand purchase became a $25 million-a-year success story.
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Afghan refugees to open bank accounts in Pakistan

February 25, 2019
Pakistani authorities are beginning to legally register Afghan refugees for open bank accounts and help them become part of the country’s formal economy.
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Ethiopia allows almost 1 million refugees to go to work

January 17, 2019
Ethiopia’s recent law gives almost 1 million refugees the right to work and live outside of camps.
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Al Goldstein: from child refugee to billion-dollar company

November 1, 2018
Al Goldstein, who came to America as a refugee at 8 years old, is co-founder and CEO of Avant. This personal loan platform recently achieved profitability and received numerous awards.
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Five famous refugees

September 4, 2018
The United States has a long tradition of offering refuge to those fleeing persecution and war. Meet some of the well-known artists, ambassadors, and other luminaries who were once refugees.
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Former refugee is shaking up the money transfer business

August 15, 2018
Former refugee Ismail Ahmed, who founded the business WorldRemit, is making it easier to send money home. The company now has 600 employees and handles 1.1 million payments per month.
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Calgary fashion entrepreneurs team up with Syrian refugees to design dream business

August 9, 2018
The owners of Kem’s Fashion, Marlyse Tchuigoua and Thierry Kouembi, say Syrian newcomers bring the skills they need to make high-quality garments and grow their business.
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Through his coffee business, one of Sudan’s lost boys offers hope to a generation

July 17, 2018
Manyang Reath Kher, founder of 747 Coffee, is driving self-efficiency for hundreds of local Sudanese refugees through his Virginia-based fair trade coffee company.
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Syrian’s ‘squeaky cheese’ a hit with British consumers

April 5, 2018
After escaping war in Syria, a refugee has used her initiative – and local milk – to make halloumi in northern England, creating jobs and winning awards along the way.
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10 refugees who will change your perception of entrepreneurship

June 5, 2016
Despite significant hardships, refugees are pushing the limits of what most people recognize as the general entrepreneur spirit.