Micro-Lending in Georgia and a Refugee Success Story

grocery aisle stockHigher shares the success stories of refugees who’ve “made it” through hard work, an entrepreneurial spirit, or both.

This story from gpb.org highlights the success of Mahendra Dahal, a Bhutanese entrepreneur in Clarkston, Georgia.

A  savvy micro-lending program provided resources and training to help him meet a need he identified in his community. He noticed that, without a nearby laundromat, his car-less neighbors had to walk far to wash their clothes. And as you’ll read, he met that need and achieved personal success as a result.

Providing a forum to learn from each other is central to Higher’s role in the refugee employment network.  We all talk about achieving employment outcomes and job retention rates.  Those are measures of the real goal of our work:  client success and economic self-sufficiency through meaningful employment.

As I read about Mahendra Dahal, I tried to draw conclusions about the importance of community and how innovative programs can boost refugee success.  But I wasn’t happy with my attempt to wax poetic.

Luckily, Mr. Dahal, summed everything up best with this observation of what the letters “U-S-A” stand for.

“U – Start – Again,” he said. “So it means you start your life again. So now I’m starting my life again.”






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